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Getting Cars In And Out Of The Venue Monday Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 11:52 (CEST)

A few of you early leavers have asked about getting cars in and out of the venue today.

We will open the gate and ensure a yellow vest to escort you at the following times:

Entry Only
13:00 - 13:15
19:00 - 19:15

Exit Only
15:00 - 15:15
21:00 - 21:15

The gate will be open from 12:00 tomorrow when the event is officially over.

Please remember to drive extremely slowly around the venue!

We Have Badges! Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 10:47 (CEST)

For those of you who missed out on the last batch of badges earlier in the week, there is now a fresh stash available at the Info Desk. Remember to bring your BornHack ticket (the one with the QR code).

The 2020 Token Hunt Ends At 15:00 Today Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 10:12 (CEST)

The 2020 edition of the BornHack Token Hunt ends at 15:00 today. At that time we'll pull the numbers from the system so hurry up and try to find the last of those elusive little buggers :-) You can continue the hunt after we pull the stats, your progress will just not count in the competition. We will present the outcome of the game at the Goodbye World talk this evening.

Merch And Souvenirs At The Info Desk Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 09:22 (CEST)

Your pre-ordered merchandise is available for pickup in the info desk and can be picked up during our opening hours.

We also have souvenirs in the form of our popular vodkas from previous years, Tsunami Essence and Yolo Solo, as well as a selection of previous years' badges for sale. Finally, we have a very limited supply of collectors-edition drinking bottles with our old logo on them.

Drone Photography of the Camp Monday Sunday, Aug 16th, 2020, 20:14 (CEST)

We would like to photograph the camp from a drone, and have chosen two time slots Monday the 17th. The drone will only take still pictures and will be in the air from 13:00 to 13:15 and again from 23:00 to 23:15.

Even though the drone will be photographing from a high altitude, if you do not want to be photographed from above, please try to be either in one of the tents, under the shades or in the cabin.

The BornHack 2020 Token Hunt is ON! Friday, Aug 14th, 2020, 18:42 (CEST)

We have hidden a number of tokens at BornHack. They may be on the website or on physical items. They may be in the clear or they can be obfuscated or encoded. The tokens are 32 bytes long and conform to this regular expression.

If you think you found a token you have to visit the BornHack website under /token/ to see if it is valid. For example, if you found the string pBE8AByKGR2WhWEQgXWp85QANHwrNcdF you would visit while logged in to register your find. If the token is wrong you will receive a 404 page. You can go to to see a list of the tokens you’ve already found. Please don’t brute-force the tokens, it would take forever, and creates an unhealthy load on our servers.

Anyone who finds all the tokens will win a prize. At the Goodbye World talk on Monday we will announce the winners.

Happy hunting!

COVID-19 Positive Participant Thursday, Aug 13th, 2020, 14:09 (CEST)

Yesterday, Wednesday the 12th of August we had a visitor here who learned today that they are COVID-19 positive. The person was only here yesterday and is no longer on the venue, and the people that have been in close contact with the person have been notified and are isolating themselves.

Since we are basically running this entire event under the assumption that everyone could be infected we don't have to change anything, so this update is mostly a reminder to make sure everyone remembers the good habits:

Take care of yourself and others!

Food Truck barbecue offering on Thursday and Sunday Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020, 19:13 (CEST)

We are happy to announce that our food vendor, Curtis from S.C. Smørrebrød, is arranging two barbecues in the Food Area.

The first barbecue is on Thursday from 18:00. Curtis will be serving a menu consisting of barbecued ribs with fries, salad and homemade dressing. The price per person for Thursday is 100 kr.

The second barbecue is on Sunday, also from 18:00. Here, Curtis will be serving "all you can eat" roast suckling pig with creamed potatoes, salad and homemade dressing. The price per person for Sunday is 120 kr.

Please remember to pre-order at Curtis' food truck in the food area the day before so they know how much to cook!

Get a massage at BornHack Sunday, Aug 9th, 2020, 21:57 (CEST)

Just like last year, the wellness team has organised for a local masseuse to come by and massage your aching muscles. He will be here on Friday and Sunday during the camp as well as Monday evening during buildup and Wednesday evening during teardown. You can book your 30-minute slot at the info desk, and you have to purchase a massage ticket for the appropriate day from the shop. Please ensure the ticket is paid for before you show up for your appointment. Enjoy!

-- The BornHack wellness team

BornHack 2020 and the New COVID-19 Restrictions Friday, Aug 7th, 2020, 23:34 (CEST)

As promised an update on BornHack 2020 and the new COVID-19 restrictions announced in Denmark yesterday. Good news first: BornHack is going ahead as planned with 150 participants!

Like many of you we were very concerned about the announcement yesterday and how it might affect BornHack 2020. We've been in contact with the Danish authorities throughout the day, to clarify whether we are covered by "sektorpartnerskabsretningslinjerne", the documents which define the conditions of the gradual Danish reopening of society after COVID-19 lockdown.

The authorities has confirmed that BornHack IVS (the legal entity behind BornHack) is indeed covered as an IT conference, meaning the current limit to the number of participants is 150 as originally defined by our agreement with the Police in our public event permit.

We are thrilled that BornHack is going ahead as planned, and we want to take this time to remind all participants going here to continue to observe the usual guidelines from WHO and health authorities. We love all you anarchists, but in this case we ask that everyone follow the rules:

It goes without saying that if you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will see you next year. If you are able to get a COVID-19 test before going here, great, but it is not a requirement.

See you all soon!

Update on COVID-19 Limitations Friday, Aug 7th, 2020, 01:49 (CEST)

Earlier Thursday (August 6th 2020) the Danish authorities revised their recommendations for event hosts, such as BornHack, such that the maximum of 100 participants is kept for now instead of the increased 200 participant limit that was planned to take effect starting August 8.

Since we just arrived on the ground, we haven't had time to reach out to our contacts at the authorities yet, but tomorrow we will be in touch with them on how to handle this situation. We will make an update on this matter at some point during Friday (August 7th 2020) here on our website once we have a complete overview.

If we need to refund your ticket you will know by the end of Friday the 7th, but we expect to be able to manage this mostly through cancellations.

Stay tuned!

Merchandise available in the shop Sunday, Aug 2nd, 2020, 18:17 (CEST)

The 2020 edition of the merchandise is available in the shop now. It is the same brand of clothing as the previous three years, so you can also compare sizes with previously bought merchandise, though the heavy hooded cardigan from previous years sadly isn't available anymore.

Please get your order in as quickly as possible, so that we will have a chance at getting the right sizes in time. All merchandise orders will be delivered at BornHack, but will NOT be produced until fully paid. If you decide to pay in cash, please do so as soon as possible after arriving.

We can't guarantee that orders containing merchandise not paid by Friday August 7th 2020 will be fulfilled, but we will of course do our best.

BornHack 2020 Buildup Information Saturday, Aug 1st, 2020, 21:51 (CEST)

BornHack 2020 buildup begins on Friday, August 7th at noon (12:00 CEST). In the next 96 hours following that a lot has to get done, and we hope to see many people join us to help with the work.

This post contains some important information about buildup (and it also applies to teardown with very few modifications). Please read all of it! :)


First of all, please use the website to join the team(s) you plan to help out on - Logistics and Construction can always use more hands, regardless of your skill level. Joining a team helps the team responsible plan the work and it helps us plan how much food to prepare and such.

Corona Test Required

Secondly, and this is more important, we ask that everyone who is joining buildup to bring and show a recent (max. 1 week old) negative Corona / COVID-19 test.

If you live abroad you can check with your local authorities how to book a test. You will also be offered a free test when crossing the border into Denmark, we suggest you accept the offer.

If you live in Denmark you can book a time on - it is free. It takes a couple of days to get the answer, so if you are joining buildup on Friday the 7th you should book a test no later than Wednesday the 5th so you have the answer before joining us. If you are concerned about your DNA ending up in a database/register you can request a destruction of your biomatter after the test.

The logic of requiring a test for buildup but not for the actual event might seem weird, but we feel it makes sense since we will be working very close together during buildup. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to work out how to best organise an event in these unique conditions.


This year for buildup and teardown we are lucky to have Jonathan cooking all our meals, who besides being a sharp dresser is a skilled professional chef. Volunteers can expect three nice meals at regular times every day - 08, 13 and 19, and a goodnight snack/beer/status at 22. The food and beverages are free, although you are welcome to donate some money in the donation box present at all meals.

The menu will include options for people following vegan and vegetarian diets. You are also always welcome talk to the chef if you have special requirements, and we will see what we can do.

Stay tuned for more news, and see you at the venue from the 7th!

BornHack 2020 Status Friday, Jul 31st, 2020, 12:37 (CEST)

Today marks one week before the first organisers arrive at the venue to start buildup for BornHack 2020, and 11 days until the event officially begins. If you are joining us for buildup remember to join some teams, and please let us know you are arriving so we have an idea of how many to cook for and such.

At the moment of writing the COVID-19 situation in Denmark is pretty good and reasonably stable. The borders are open, but please double check for yourself before embarking on a long journey, see the links below. In case you need to prove the duration of your stay at the border the BornHack ticket PDF now shows the event dates, as well as buildup and teardown dates.

Denmark currently has no mask requirements, but it might be a good idea to use one anyway, especially in crowded places like public transport when travelling to/from BornHack. Danish pharmacies sell decent disposable masks, and reusable masks can be purchased in many places. There is also an official Danish contact tracing app which is based on Apple's and Google's stuff, but not open source :(

We've included a couple of links to official information from the Danish authorities below, specifically about visiting Denmark from abroad during the pandemic. We suggest you read them - they contain good advice, and some of it also applies if you are visiting us from inside Denmark :)

We have the permits we need, and at the moment it looks like we will be able to execute BornHack 2020 as planned, with max. 150 people. If something should change over the next 11 days, such as new restrictions because of a new outbreak, we will re-evaluate our options at that time.

We have a waiting list of around 5-10 people right now. If you are a ticket holder and you know you are not going, please contact us for a refund, others will be very happy to get your ticket.

If you are going then please consider submitting a talk or some such if you haven't already. We would love to have a bit more content for the program.

Until then, stay safe, make sure you pack clothes for all kinds of weather. We are all looking forward to seeing everyone on the 11th of August!

Fridges Added to the Webshop Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2020, 08:20 (CEST)

Like the previous years we offer participants the option of renting one or more fridge shelves to keep groceries chilled until it is time to eat them.

This year we are using a different fridge supplier, so the fridges look different than the previous years:

A fridge shelf is 200,- DKK and if you rent all 6 shelves in a fridge you can take it to your village and keep it there. If you do so please take good care of the fridge, and please return it clean and ready to go back to our supplier.

You can find the fridges in the webshop!

Announcing the 2020 Tagline and Logo Sunday, Jul 26th, 2020, 20:00 (CEST)

We are very happy to finally share this year's tagline and logo:

We look forward to seeing this on hoodies and t-shirts, and not least as stickers on your laptop.

BornHack 2020 Sold Out! Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2020, 18:32 (CEST)

Today we sold the last ticket for BornHack 2020. As we've previously mentioned we are limiting the number of participants to 150 this year. If you are one of the lucky ones who got a ticket, great, we are looking forward to seeing you there! If not, we hope to see you next year, when we are hopefully able to operate at full capacity again.

The average price per ticket sold this year is around 1320,- DKK, considerably more than the 1200,- DKK price of a standard ticket. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the participants who choose to pay more for their tickets, so we can offer lower prices for the student- and budget-ticket holders. Making it possible for everyone to participate within their own economic constraints has always been a priority for the organisers, it is encouraging to see our participants step up and help make this happen year after year. Thank you!

2020 Food Vendor Sunday, Jul 12th, 2020, 22:21 (CEST)

Preparations for BornHack 2020 are ongoing and we are excited to announce that we've made an agreement with the food vendor who is going to serve food for the participants this year.

The food vendor will be S.C. Smørrebrød, they will be there all week, opening around 10-11 and closing around 21.

They will serve sausages, sandwiches and other traditional Danish "pølsevogns" food all day. Additionally, at lunch they will also serve "smørrebrød" - the traditional Danish "open sandwiches" on rye bread. In the evening they will serve some hot meal which will vary from day to day.

They will also offer vegetarian and vegan options, and of course there will also be a Food Area like there always is, with plenty of options for cooking your own food.

BornHack 2020 is less than 1 month away now. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming event!

BornHack 2020 is going ahead! Monday, Jun 1st, 2020, 12:40 (CEST)

We are aware that many people have been waiting for news about BornHack 2020, and we appreciate the patience. This is a new situation for everyone, and we are doing everything in our power to find solutions to all the new challenges.

First the good news: BornHack 2020 is going ahead, although with some modifications. We are limiting the number of participants to 150, and the event will be different in some ways due to social distancing requirements, and the smaller size. For reference, 150 people is the same number of participants that BornHack 2017 had.

The Corona situation is changing rapidly, so naturally we cannot predict what guidelines the WHO and Danish government will have in place in 2 months, but we hope the current positive trends and gradual reopening will continue.

With the tickets being limited we'll probably end up selling all of them. If we then have to scale the event back to fewer than 150 people (due to Corona, or killer wasps, or space zombies) we will refund the latest bought tickets until we reach the right number. So get your ticket while you can, and please, pay as much for it as you can afford!

If the government (yours or the Danish) has travel restrictions in place such that you cannot travel to BornHack 2020, or if you change your mind for other reasons, we can refund your ticket or exchange it for a BornHack 2021 ticket.

The main priority for the organisers is to keep everyone safe while they attend BornHack and we'll implement measures to that end. Think spacing between seating, masks, handwashing and cleaning alcohol, limits to number of people in locations, and so on. But it also means that we expect everyone to act responsibly.

The program will consist of talks and workshops as usual, but with a larger focus on "meta" events. To that end we strongly encourage submission of talks and workshops aimed at improving future BornHack events, in addition to the regular content. The CFP has been updated accordingly.

With all that out of the way: We are very much looking forward to BornHack 2020. We expect it to be a great event as always, and a fantastic starting point for an even better BornHack 2021. 2020 has been a year of mostly bad news, so we could probably all use a nice week of hacking around, learning and having fun with old and new friends!

We will have the same facilities as you are used to, but scaled to the number of participants. We will still have an info desk, a food area, a speakers tent, and a bar. It will still be possible to have a hot shower and use a flushing toilet. Once the details get sorted out everything will be added to the new facilities section of the website.

To sum up: Get your tickets now (and please pay as much as you can afford!), submit your talks and workshops now, volunteers join your teams now.

If a regular sponsorship is too expensive but you still wish to support BornHack financially, you can do so by using the new donation product in the webshop to donate in increments of 50,- DKK. Any amount is appreciated, all donations help ensure the future of BornHack.

COVID19 Update Monday, Apr 6th, 2020, 09:00 (CEST)

Due to the COVID19 situation in the world the BornHack team is currently considering all options for whether executing BornHack 2020 will be possible in a safe manner. The current goal is to have BornHack as planned in August, but we will reevaluate the situation once we reach the Call for Participation deadline on the 1st of June.

We have updated our the BornHack 2020 Call for Participation with the same information.

Until then: Stay safe!

BornHack 2020 Kickoff URLs and Info Saturday, Mar 28th, 2020, 12:21 (CET)

Today at 13:00 CET the much anticipated BornHack 2020 kickoff begins! We will be using our own Jitsi server for video meetings throughout the day.

The main stream will be at . Please join this one when we start.

The first part of the kickoff will be the Orga team presenting. This will be the biggest meeting of the day, so we will be streaming it to Youtube from 13:00 to ensure everyone gets a smooth experience. To ask questions you can join our IRC channel to ask or post the questions on this pad .

From around 14:00 we will break into team sessions in smaller Jitsi rooms. Many people help out on more than one team, we will try to accommodate this as much as possible. The team sessions take up the bulk of the day, and experience tells us each session can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes or longer, depending on the team.

Each team responsible will record the minutes of each team session, so if we do have overlapping meetings or you would like to know what happened in as session you missed you still can.

19:30 Party!

We'll meet in IRC on the main channel and at the jitsi server (if it can handle the inflow of people with camera streams).

Preparation for the 2020 Kickoff on Saturday Thursday, Mar 26th, 2020, 21:26 (CET)

In an attempt to make our volunteer kickoff for this year's BornHack a little bit more present and personal, we have decided to share the recipe for the very easy to make overnight buns that we had for breakfast during last year's buildup and teardown. This way, we can all sit in our homes and share freshly baked bread with our favourite topping, when virtually networking online.

We share this now so that you have a little time to get ready and remember, you have to start on Friday night:

Ingredients (makes ~10 buns):

The night before (5-10 minutes work time): In a medium bowl (~20 cm diameter) mix water, yeast and sugar, then add the rolled oats, followed by flour and salt. With a large spoon, combine it all into an even mixture, cover the bowl and put in refrigerator.

In the morning: (~5 minutes work time) Preheat oven to 200°C and prepare one or maybe two oven trays with non-stick paper. Using two forks, place little piles of dough on the baking sheets, roughly the size of the buns you want and bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Let them cool for ~10 minutes on a cooling rack before eating.

Leftover buns should be kept in a sealed container or plastic bag, to prevent them from becoming very dry.

Kickoff and Reunion Party Going Virtual Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2020, 11:53 (CET)

Due to recent developments we are converting our kickoff and party on March 28th to online events. We still aim to have a great kickoff followed by a great social event, we just want to keep everyone safely at home while doing it.

We still begin the kickoff at 13:00 on the 28th - check back here for details about platform and stuff. You can participate just by listening in, but if you make sure your camera and microphone work you can engage much better with the conversations.

We will start the day with a shared session with everyone where we go over teams, major tasks, venue news, and other things. After the big session we will split into smaller team groups (likely using Jitsi) and discuss team specific topics. Expect the kickoff work to continue until dinner time, maybe 18 or 19.

Later in the evening we will transition to a more social event where people can catch up, make idle chitchat, get increasingly inebriated, play games and have fun.

We hope that everyone wants to join us to make the best of some difficult circumstances!

BornHack 2020 Kickoff & Reunion Party Saturday, Feb 15th, 2020, 21:51 (CET)

If you want to help make the next BornHack the best yet then you should join us for the BornHack 2020 kickoff in Copenhagen on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 from 13:00-20:00.

Are you considering volunteering for the first time? Are you a seasoned volunteer? Everyone is welcome to join us for what is usually a fun an productive day.

We will spend the day discussing how to improve and grow BornHack. The teams for BornHack 2020 have already been defined, so part of the job on 28th of March will be to better define and describe the tasks each team has to solve before and during the event.

Please fill in this Doodle if you intend to participate in the kickoff so we have some idea of how many people to expect.

This is a great chance to influence the team(s) you intend to help out on, so we hope to see a lot of people there!

The address for the kickoff is:

Dansk IT Medlemshuset
Vermundsgade 38
2100 København Ø

Please make sure you've eaten lunch when you arrive - as always we have a lot to get through. We will order some pizza for dinner around 18-19 when we get hungry - and fill up on snacks until then.

Later in the evening we would like to invite everyone to join the annual BornHack Reunion Party. The party will be from 21-late and the location will follow soon. The party is open for everyone in the community, even if you are not a volunteer or didn't participate in the 2020 kickoff.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

New Logo Friday, Jan 31st, 2020, 17:00 (CET)

Ever since we decided to move away from Bornholm we have been wanting a new permanent logo. The old logo (the outline of Bornholm) has served us well, but since we no longer have the event on Bornholm it doesn't make much sense as a logo anymore.

Black on white:

White on black:

With a Background:


We have been collecting inspiration for the new logo from the community for a while, and especially at 36c3 we got many awesome suggestions at the BornHack assembly. We are very, very grateful for all the fun and inspired suggestions.

At our assembly we had set up a place where creative minds could contribute their ideas, and among them we found the "laptop-tent" idea we decided to go with. Credit for the idea goes to Karen Melchior who drew the idea at our assembly during 36c3. Many thanks to Karen! <3

Refinement and finalisation of the logo was done by our own Thomas Flummer from BornHack orga team. We will be updating social media profiles, website, and publishing a design guide on Github later.

For now, have a few more examples of the new logo in action:

Call for Participation Open for BornHack 2020 Sunday, Jan 26th, 2020, 15:25 (CET)

The BornHack 2020 Call for Participation is now open!

We are looking for talented, humorous, inspiring, and/or provocative speakers to host talks, lightning talks, and workshops at BornHack. We welcome first time speakers.

We are open to different topics. We expect that the majority of the presentations at BornHack will be on security, networking, programming, distributed systems, privacy, and how these technologies relate to society.

Please see the full Call for Participation here.

BornHack at 36c3 Friday, Dec 27th, 2019, 17:00 (CET)

BornHack is at the 36th annual Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, Germany - 36c3!

This year we have an assembly in Hall 2 where you can visit us and meet the organisers, hear about BornHack, see our cool badges, try to beat the highscore in mini Galaga, and much more. Our assembly is easily recognisable, just across the road from C-Base:

We brought a bunch of 2018 and 2019 badges and some leftover BornHack Vodka and Sevablödda which you can have for a modest donation. All donations go towards making BornHack 2020 even better!

Our assembly is reachable on DECT phone 2642 (BOHA).

BornHack Party Saturday at 23:00

We are having a BornHack reunion and meetup party at our assembly tomorrow Saturday the 28th of December 2019 from 23:00 CET. We wish to invite all former and potential BornHack participants to join us and have fun, chat about BornHack and catch up.

BornHack 2020 Tickets for Sale! Wednesday, Dec 18th, 2019, 00:59 (CET)

We are happy to announce that it is now possible to buy your ticket for BornHack 2020 in the webshop! This will be the fifth BornHack, for the second time at our new venue Hylkedam on Funen.

We have kept the prices at the same level as the previous years (divide prices by 7.5 to get an estimate in EUR)

We also have more expensive tickets available (and remember Bitcoin payment is possible! :)) for hackers who are able to pay a bit more.

Finally we have Corporate Tickets available for 2500,- or 5000,- DKK if you have an employer paying the ticket.

We have the usual payment options available. We prefer Bank Transfer (but please remember to pay the fees in your end!) or Blockchain payments. You can even pay in cash if you happen to find yourself near an organiser. Finally we do accept Credit Cards, but we ask that you consider using the other options first.

Go get your tickets in the webshop now!

BornHack is at Driving IT '19 Friday, Nov 1st, 2019, 10:14 (CET)

A handful of BornHack organisers found their way to Driving IT 2019. Come find us at the BornHack stand and check out our cool badges and talk about the event with some of the people who make it.

You can also join our Driving IT mini Secret Token Game and win a ticket, badge or bottle of booze.


Party friday at 22:00 Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2019, 18:54 (CEST)

We are having a party tomorrow from 22:00 in the BornHack village in the Cold North area at CCCamp to celebrate that BornHack went well. Come by and help us drink all the leftover booze. Bring mixers!

Sponsor announcement: Zibra Group Thursday, Aug 15th, 2019, 09:28 (CEST)

We are happy to announce Zibra Group as Gold Sponsor for BornHack 2019. They are sponsoring equipment and worktime for the wifi and more. Visit them at

Sponsor announcement: Dansk Magisterforening Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 23:48 (CEST)

We are thrilled to announce Dansk Magisterforening as new Silver sponsor. They stepped in with very short notice to co-sponsor our 2019 badge. Visit their website at

Sponsor announcement: Dansk IT Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 22:10 (CEST)

We are happy to announce Dansk IT as sponsor again this year. Dansk IT is an association for Danish IT professionals. They have been sponsors since 2017. Learn more at

Sponsor announcement: Epson Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 16:47 (CEST)

Epson is a Silver Sponsor for the second year in a row.They are sponsoring the video projector and canvas we use in the speakers tent. Visit their site at

Sponsor announcement: HK Samdata Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 12:40 (CEST)

We are happy to announce the return of HK Samdata as sponsor this year. They were also sponsors in 2016. You can visit their site at

Sponsor announcement: Umbraco Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 08:35 (CEST)

We are happy to announce Umbraco as new sponsors for #BornHack 2019. Umbraco is the Danish company behind the open source .NET CMS Umbraco. Visit their site at

Sponsor announcement: Spiir Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019, 00:11 (CEST)

We are happy to announce Spiir as new sponsors for 2019. They're hiring an Android reverse engineer:

BornHack 2019 merchandise ready! Monday, Aug 12th, 2019, 17:43 (CEST)

We have now completed the production of all pre-ordered and paid merchandise. Come get it at the infodesk! Be sure to have your merchandise ticket on hand.

If you have ordered but not yet paid for your merchandise you can pay at the infodesk and we will have it ready soon. We have bought some extra clothing, so it is possible to order merchandise in the shop again while stocks last. These orders will also be printed on-site and ready for pickup soon.

The BornHack 2019 Secret Token Game has begun! Monday, Aug 12th, 2019, 17:21 (CEST)

We have hidden a number of tokens at BornHack. They may be on the website or on physical items. They may be in the clear or they can be obfuscated or encoded.

The tokens are 32 bytes long and conform to this regular expression (

If you think you found a token you have to visit the BornHack website under /token/ to see if it is valid. For example, if you found the string dEq4Q9wUGqkGvzdTDUA39gRDkVSRHmqS you would visit while logged in to register your find. If the token is wrong you will receive a 404 page.

You can go to to see a list of the tokens you’ve already found.

Please don’t brute-force the tokens, it would take forever, and creates an unhealthy load on our servers.

Anyone who finds all the tokens will win a prize. At the Goodbye World talk on Wednesday we will announce the winners.

Happy hunting!

Lightning talks at BornHack Saturday, Aug 10th, 2019, 21:40 (CEST)

On Sunday, 11th of August, and Wednesday, 14th of August you have the opportunity to give a 5 minute lightning talk. A lightning talk is an excellent opportunity for inexperienced speakers to share an interesting idea, presentation, or maybe just a small story. Please create one or more slides and submit your talk on the website. We still have many open slots!

Hello World moved to 21:00 Thursday, Aug 8th, 2019, 17:11 (CEST)

We've moved the "Hello World" welcome talk from 19:00 to 21:00 this evening, giving the #BornHack participants two extra hours to build their tents and villages.

Happy building!

Sponsor announcement: Django Denmark Thursday, Aug 1st, 2019, 15:00 (CEST)

We are happy to have Django Denmark as new Silver Sponsor this year. Django Denmark is an association which hosts and supports education and networking activities related to Django. Read more about its upcoming event Djangoday 2020 at

Sponsor announcement: Silicon Labs Thursday, Aug 1st, 2019, 12:00 (CEST)

It is great to have Silicon Labs as sponsor for the Happy Gecko ultra low power micro controllers on our badge this year. More about Silicon Labs at

Sponsor announcement: Den Bornholmske Spritfabrik Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019, 15:00 (CEST)

We are happy to announce that Silver Sponsor Den Bornholmske Spritfabrik is supplying bar inventory again this year. Den Bornholmske Spritfabrik is among the small group of sponsors that have been with us since the beginning! Visit their site at

Sponsor announcement: Dansk Metal Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019, 12:00 (CEST)

The Danish Union of Metal Workers (Dansk Metal) is returning as bicycle sponsor this year, making it possible for participants to borrow bicycles for free at the infodesk. Visit them at

Sponsor announcement: LetsGo Fleet Systems Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2019, 15:00 (CEST)

We are happy to announce LetsGo Fleet Systems as Silver Sponsor again this year. LetsGo is sponsoring the shuttle bus which will transport participants during the week. They're hiring -

Sponsor announcement: Prosa Ung Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2019, 12:00 (CEST)

Our loyal Platinum Sponsor Prosa Ung is sponsoring the Food Area instead of the Prosa Bus this year. Read more at and visit their website at

Sponsor announcement: DKUUG Monday, Jul 29th, 2019, 15:00 (CEST)

It is great to have DKUUG back as Platinum Sponsor again this year. DKUUG is the Danish Unix User Group and has been Platinum Sponsor since we started. Like in the previous years it is paying for our speakers tent including transportation. Visit them at

Sponsor announcement: CSIS Monday, Jul 29th, 2019, 12:00 (CEST)

The Danish infosec company CSIS has loyally sponsored every BornHack since the beginning, and it is returning as sponsor again this year! Visit their site at

Prosa Ung as Food Area Sponsor - No Prosa Bus This Year Sunday, Jul 28th, 2019, 12:59 (CEST)

One of our biggest and most loyal sponsors Prosa Ung has generously sponsored the extremely popular "Prosa Bus" from 2016-2018. The Prosa Bus offered participants cheap and easy transportation to/from Bornholm. This made a lot of sense because Bornholm is a bit far away from everything. But the new venue Hylkedam is only ~3km from a train station, which means it is much easier to get to and from.

With that in mind we have asked Prosa Ung to sponsor our new Food Area instead of the Prosa Bus this year, and they have agreed. Prosa Ung will continue as Platinum Sponsors like the previous years.

Participants looking for cheap transportation instead of the Prosa Bus can check out the DSB Orange tickets.

Merchandise available in the shop Friday, Jul 26th, 2019, 17:19 (CEST)

The 2019 edition of the merchandise is available in the shop now. It is the same brand of clothing as the previous two years, so you can also compare sizes with previously bought merchandise.

Please get your order in no later than July 31st, so that we will have a chance at getting the right sizes in time. All merchandise orders will be delivered at BornHack.

The Agency for Governmental IT Services – Statens It at BornHack Friday, Jul 26th, 2019, 15:55 (CEST)

The Agency for Governmental IT Services – Statens It is exploring the feasibility of building an open-source PC workplace platform together with other government bodies. The platform will be called SIA 1 Open and is intended for non-office workers in government institutions such as museums or environmental agencies. SIA 1 Open targets users whose primary work does not include using IT systems. In many cases, the cost of commercial software prohibits distribution of the agency's basic IT services to this type of employee.

The platform should provide the user with a browser, mail client, calendar, word processor, spreadsheet program, vpn client, and a file sync client. A back-end environment which manages software updates and users should manage the endpoints. The back-end should host mail and file services as well. The back-end will utilize the agency's OpenStack cloud service.

At BornHack, Statens It will host four workshops where all interested people are invited to participate in a discussion on how to design the SIA 1 Open platform. Which software products shall be used? How to implement it? How should administration and automation of the platform be handled? What are the issues to consider? These and more questions will be raised in the following four workshops:

Rented Village Gear Deadline Extended Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019, 12:15 (CEST)

Last chance to get your rented village gear (tents, tables, chairs, fire extinguishers) has been moved to July 30th at 23:59 CEST.

Go to the shop to place your order!

Cooking at BornHack - Fridges Available! Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019, 22:13 (CEST)

At BornHack we want to make it easy for people to cook their own food. We have two very nice food vendors this year, but we know from experience that many participants like to cook alone or in various social food clubs that pop up during the week.

You can rent one or more fridge shelves to keep your groceries cool. It has taken a while to sort the new fridge supplier, but finally the fridges are now available in the shop!

The prices are the same as last year: 200,- DKK for a fridge shelf, and 100,- DKK for a drawer.

Car Park Tickets and Caravan Tickets Monday, Jul 8th, 2019, 13:44 (CEST)

This year we've introduced two new ticket types to be aware of.

One is the Car Park Ticket which you need if you want to use the car park for your car. The Car Park Ticket is 100,- DKK for the full week, and you will be able to drive the car during the week if you need to. The parking area is conveniently close to the main entrance. Please not that for fire safety reasons it is not permitted to sleep in the cars in the car park.

The other new ticket type is the Caravan Ticket which you need if you want to sleep in a caravan, autocamper or other sleeping vehicle inside the camping area. These vehicles will not be able to arrive or leave during the event, except in special cases. The Caravan Ticket is also 100,- DKK.

You can buy both of these new tickets in the Transportation category in the webshop with whichever payment method you prefer. You can even pay them in cash on arrival if you wish.

BornHack Info Meeting in Odense Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2019, 12:53 (CEST)

We are doing an info-meeting in Odense about BornHack on Wednesday, June 26th from 17:00 to 18:00 CEST, as part of EAL Tech Events.

The address is:

Seebladsgade 1
5000 Odense C

We'll try to answer these and any other questions you might have at this info meeting.

Be sure to sign up for the Facebook event if you use Facebook.

BornHack 2019 and CCCamp Sunday, Jun 16th, 2019, 18:49 (CEST)

First things first: There is no conflict in dates between BornHack 2019 and CCCamp 2019! It is possible to attend both events and experience two great hacker camps this summer.

The BornHack organisers are looking forward to both events, and we are planning to pack up and move much of BornHack to Germany and set it up again as a BornHack village in the "Nordic Cluster" called The Cold North.

We are going to leave the BornHack venue on August 18th around noon. The plan is to drive to the CCCamp in a convoy and arrive for setup in the evening of the 18th. We encourage all BornHack participants who are also going to CCCamp to join our convoy and travel with us. You can either stick around and help with the teardown (we can always use the extra hands), or you can leave on the 15th when BornHack 2019 is over, and come back on the 18th when we drive to Germany.

We are bringing a big truck which has room available for some tents and luggage. We have no room to carry people, so you will need your own car to join the convoy. You are welcome to travel with the convoy even if you don't have any plans to stay in the BornHack village at CCCamp.

Bonus link: Convoy 1978 movie Theme Song [Youtube]

New Bank Account Monday, May 13th, 2019, 09:56 (CEST)

We have switched bank from Arbejdernes Landsbank to Folke Sparekassen which is a non-profit bank and better aligned with our values.

This means that we have a new bank account for bank orders. The next time you place a bank order please do not use the old account number, or we wont get the money.

The new bank account details are:

Bank Name: Folke Sparekassen
DK Reg No: 9860
DK Account No: 747866
IBAN: DK0398600000747866

Announcing 2019 Logo and Tagline Sunday, May 12th, 2019, 19:07 (CEST)

We are very happy to finally announce the 2019 tagline and logo.

If you went to our 2019 kickoff at the new venue Hylkedam then you've already heard the tagline. You might even have seen the logo if you follow @BornHackBadge on Twitter.

The tagline for 2019 will be:

A new /home

since we are moving to a new venue this year.

We are very happy with how this years logo turned out. It was designed by Martin Nagel Larsen. Remember to let him know if you like the logo, you might be able to find him on this years camp.

Without further ado, here is this years logo:

And in this years colour #FFED00 and with a nice star background it makes for a great desktop wallpaper (4K resolution):

20 Foot Container Needed Sunday, Apr 7th, 2019, 17:25 (CEST)

We are looking for a 20 foot standard shipping container to store BornHacks things in. If you know of one we can have cheap (or free!) then please get in touch ASAP. We can take care of transportation to Funen.

The container needs to be in decent shape, completely waterproof and not about to rust away.

Please help spread the word!

Information About Kickoff/Fieldday Sunday, Mar 3rd, 2019, 19:18 (CET)

The 2019 Kickoff is very soon now. We've gathered some information you might need:


Hylkedamvej 54
5591 Gelsted


Saturday, March 9th, 2019. We've included an approximate timetable below, but expect unexpected delays and plan accordingly :)

What To Bring


Saturday evening at 20:00 we will eat a well-deserved dinner and celebrate a successful kickoff. The organisers will prepare pita breads with various stuffing, suitable for both omnivores, vegans and vegetarians.

Sunday morning from 10:00 we will have a lovely breakfeast and get ready to leave. The menu is freshbaked buns with bacon and eggs as well as various cereals with milk.


The venue has 50+ bunk beds as well as extra loose mattresses. We expect it to be more than enough for everyone. The beds are distributed in 5-6 rooms so expect to share a room with some fellow hackers. Remember to bring a sheet and sleeping bag!


Participation in the kickoff is free, including food and accomodation. We appreciate a small donation for the food if you can afford it, but mostly we are just thrilled that you are willing to spend your weekend planning BornHack.

Bar Leftovers

We are bringing some leftover stuff from the bar, some which expires before BornHack 2019, so we need to get rid of it. Mostly mate, cocio, vodka, akvavit, sevablødda, and other liquid goodies. Card payment or bank transfer is possible. The vodka and akvavit are with the BornHack custom labels from 2018. Prices will be low!

Final Words

We are very excited about the kickoff and we hope to see many people there. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask us through the usual methods :)

See you!

BornHack 2019 Tickets for Sale Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2019, 16:38 (CET)

We are happy to announce that it is now possible to buy your ticket for BornHack 2019 in the shop! This will be the fourth BornHack, for the first time at our new venue Hylkedam on Funen.

We have kept the prices at the same level as the previous years. Divide by 7.5 to get an approximate price in EUR.

We also have more expensive tickets available (and remember Bitcoin payment is possible! :)) for hackers who are able to pay a bit more.

Finally we have Corporate Tickets available for 2500,- or 5000,- DKK if you have an employer paying the ticket.

We have the usual payment options available. We prefer Bank Transfer (but please remember to pay the fees in your end!) or Blockchain payments. You can even pay cash if you happen to find yourself near an organiser. Finally we do accept Credit Cards, but we ask that you consider using the other options first.

Go get your tickets in the webshop now!

BornHack 2019: Call for Participation is open Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2019, 14:39 (CET)

The BornHack 2019 Call for Participation is open now!

We are looking for talented, humorous, inspiring, and/or provocative speakers to host talks, lightning talks, and workshops at BornHack. We welcome first time speakers!

We are very open to different topics. We expect that the majority of the presentations at BornHack will be on security, networking, programming, distributed systems, privacy, community, and how technologies relate to society.

Read the BornHack 2019 CfP and submit a proposal! The deadline for submission is the 1st of June, 2019.

Please note that BornHack 2019 is taking place on the island of Funen instead of Bornholm.

BornHack 2019 Kickoff March 9th Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2019, 07:18 (CET)

The BornHack organisers would like to invite all volunteers to join us at the BornHack 2019 kickoff Saturday, March 9th, at the new venue Hylkedam.

The address is Hylkedamvej 54, 5591 Gelsted. Let us know if you need a pickup at Gelsted train station.

The rest of the evening can be spent talking more about BornHack while enjoying a popup instance of #wip_bar. If you wish to spend the night you just need to bring a sleeping bag. The place has plenty of beds to choose from. After breakfeast sunday we pack up and leave the venue.

We hope that many of our great volunteers want to join us to make 2019 the greatest BornHack yet!

New Venue for BornHack 2019 Sunday, Jan 13th, 2019, 17:12 (CET)

BornHack is moving to a new venue!

We are moving BornHack to a more central location in Denmark, on the west side of Funen. The new venue is called Hylkedam. The address is Hylkedamvej 54, 5591 Gelsted – which is on Funen.

Why Move

We love Bornholm, but transporting people and stuff to and from the island is expensive. Ferry tickets can be hard to get, especially with trailers or large vehicles. These concerns obviously apply to participants too – availability and convenience means a lot when people are planning participation in events.

The secluded location also means that some things are much more expensive than in the rest of the country – such as tent rental. We had to rent tents elsewhere and transport them to Bornholm, because it was cheaper, even with the transport.

Jarlsgård is not ideally suited for camping – the open areas are not very flat, and the flat areas are covered by forest. This makes it difficult to find a suitable site for a large village.

Neighbours are very close to Jarlsgård on both sides. Noise complaints are hard to avoid. The Jarlsgård venue is small enough that we found it difficult to place the Bar and Noisy Areas far enough from the Quiet Area to avoid conflicts.

The New Venue

Hylkedam is similar to Jarlsgård (the previous venue) in a number of ways. Hylkedam is owned by The Danish Scouts and is primarily used by scouts – just like Jarlsgård.

Hylkedam has a bunch of other advantages over Jarlsgård though, apart from just the location on the map.

Hylkedam is almost four times larger than Jarlsgård – 189.000m² vs 50.000m². Part of the venue is forest and all of it is lovely and protected nature – just like on Jarlsgård.

Hylkedam is more suitable for camping: It is made up of large, flat grass areas naturally separated by bits of forest. This layout is ideal for separating the various areas of BornHack, such as the Family Area, Caravan Area, Quiet Area, Noisy Area and so on. The venue is mostly surrounded by forest – the neighbours are far away (except for one area). The ground is sandy like on Bornholm, thus water will sink fast in case of heavy rain.

Hylkedam is much more conveniently situated in relation to public transportation. Only 3.5km to walk from the train station in Gelsted means our Shuttle Bus Team will have much shorter trips to make. Grocery shopping is available in the same town, and it has a hardware store and other neccesities as well.

Ticks on Funen have a significantly lower chance of carrying Lyme disease. The first three years of BornHack at Bornholm all had cases of Lyme disease – some more serious than others.

Hylkedam is further from the ocean than Jarlsgård was – but the nearest water is still pretty close.

What About the Name?

BornHack will keep the name. Bornholm will always be part of our history. The friendships and relationships we've built with people, suppliers, and sponsors there will last forever. But realistically many of the local suppliers of food, drinks and services we've been using will have to be replaced with new suppliers, which are local to the new venue.

BornHack Meetup at 35c3 Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2018, 13:11 (CET)

A bunch of BornHack organisers are present at 35c3.

We don't have a BornHack assembly, but we are organising a meetup on Friday the 28th at 22:00 CET. The location is the Discodrama near the rocket.

We know that many BornHack participants are present at Congress, and we look forward to seeing everyone again :)

If you've never been to BornHack the meetup is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and have a drink with us.

We have a free BornHack 2018 Badge for the first 20 people who shows up. We might also have some Gammel Dansk and Snaps.

See you there! :)

Merchandise Batch 2 For Sale Sunday, Dec 16th, 2018, 19:45 (CET)

As promised we are selling a second batch of the BornHack 2018 merchandise. This is the same gear we sold during BornHack 2018. We have tshirts (slim and regular) as well as hoodies and hooded cardigans. The merchandise is available in the shop until January 13th 2019 and will be shipped in February. Note that shipping is not included in the prices. Please remember to add shipping to your order – alternatively you can arrange pickup in person with one of our organisers.

Secret Token Game Over Wednesday, Aug 22nd, 2018, 18:59 (CEST)

The BornHack 2018 Secret Token Game is over.

15 secret tokens were hidden either on the BornHack website, or physically at the venue, and other places. 13 participants managed to find all 15. A big congratulations to the clever winners, you know who you are, and you can pick up your prices at the InfoDesk.

The Secret Token Game will be back next year!

Secret Token Game Almost Over Wednesday, Aug 22nd, 2018, 13:44 (CEST)

Today at the Goodbye World talk we will announce the winners of the Secret Token Game. We will count the winners at 16:30 so now is the last chance to find any tokens you are missing!

Happy hunting!

Fire Ban Lifted Monday, Aug 20th, 2018, 16:43 (CEST)

We are happy to report that the fire ban has been lifted for Bornholm. For BornHack this means the following, effective immediately:

Lifting the fire ban does not mean that there is suddently no risk associated with these activities. Please use common sense, do not create dangerous situations for yourself or others.

Give us your feedback! Monday, Aug 20th, 2018, 15:37 (CEST)

It is now possible to submit feedback via the BornHack website! All feedback is highly appreciated, and no thing is too small. We want to make BornHack the best it can be, and we can only do that with your help!

Token hunters might be specially interested in submitting feedback.

Go write your feedback now:

Update on the Secret Token Game Sunday, Aug 19th, 2018, 16:00 (CEST)

Some say a token for the Secret Token Game can be found somewhere inside this image

We've also hidden two tokens somewhere on the website.

The DECT Network at BornHack Saturday, Aug 18th, 2018, 20:18 (CEST)

We are happy to announce that this years BornHack features an experimental DECT network, courtesy of Klondike. If you have a DECT phone you can pick a 4 digit extension and asking klondike in the big blue tent near the speaker's tent to register it for you.

Phone numbers of interest include:

Numbers starting with 1 and 0 are reserved.

A big thank you to klondike for working on the DECT network. We absolutely love to see participants creating new things at BornHack. If you have something you would like to build or create to make BornHack better don't hesitate to contact an organiser!

The BornHack Secret Token Game is Live! Saturday, Aug 18th, 2018, 17:02 (CEST)

The BornHack 2018 Secret Token Game has begun!

We have hidden a number of tokens at BornHack. They may be on the website or on physical items. They may be in the clear or they can be obfuscated or encoded.

The tokens are 31 or 32 bytes long and conform to this regular expression

If you think you found a token you have to visit the BornHack website under /token/ to see if it is valid. For example, if you found the string o7cqfeB4Zr2Kyvup087JcgVsFZrWK3Nz you would visit while logged in to register your find. If the token is wrong you will receive a 404 page.

You can go to to see a list of the tokens you've already found.

Please don't bruteforce the tokens, it would take forever, and creates an unhealthy load on our servers.

Anyone who finds all the tokens will win a price. At the Goodbye World talk wednesday we will announce the winners.

Happy hunting!

Share your ride to or from BornHack Friday, Aug 10th, 2018, 21:20 (CEST)

We have recently just deployed new functionality to the BornHack website where participants attending BornHack in a car can share a seat with other participants.

So if you have a spare seat go ahead and share it with other BornHack participants on (login required).

Hacker Jeopardy Questions Needed Thursday, Aug 9th, 2018, 22:06 (CEST)

The popular Hacker Jeopardy will return at BornHack 2018. We need help with the questions though, so if you have an idea for one or more categories please send it to with subject "hacker jeopardy". A category should consist of exactly 5 answers and questions. See this round from 2016 for examples of what we are looking for.

If you submit questions you will not be able to take part in the Hacker Jeopardy on the day or days where your categories are used.

Last Chance for Prosa Bus Tickets Today Thursday, Aug 9th, 2018, 12:05 (CEST)

The sale of tickets for the Prosa bus from Aalborg, Århus and Odense ends tonight.

The ticket sale with pickup in Copenhagen will continue right until departure.

Pickup Times and Locations for the Prosa Bus Friday, Aug 3rd, 2018, 21:21 (CEST)

The following lists show the pickup and dropoff times for the Prosa bus. All times are CEST (UTC+02).

The outward journey is on the 15th of August, the day before BornHack begins. The bus has the following departure times:

The return journey is on the 23rd of August, a couple of hours after BornHack is over. It has the following arrival times:

Please bring your order number so we can verify your Prosa bus ticket.

Enjoy your trip!

Merchandise deadline moved Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2018, 11:16 (CEST)

We've gotten a few "I missed the deadline for buying merchandise, can we do something?"-requests, so we decided to move the deadline to tomorrow

The exact deadline is now: 2018-08-03T23:30:00+02:00

Go go go!

Last call for buying 2018 merchandise Monday, Jul 30th, 2018, 10:45 (CEST)

Due to production time last chance to order merchandise is tomorrow the 31st of July at 23:00:00 UTC+2.

Therefore if you want to be sporting some cool BornHack 2018 swag, be it t-shirt, hoodie or the more survivalist hooded cardigan, go place an order as soon as possible!

Ferry Tickets Close to Sold Out Monday, Jul 30th, 2018, 09:21 (CEST)

BornHack takes place on an island, and this years BornHack coincides with a music festival called Wonderfestiwall and a few other minor events which take place on the same dates.

This means that the ferries are very popular around the dates when we expect people to travel to and from Bornholm for BornHack 2018.

The ferry tickets are not sold out yet, but they will be soon. If you are traveling with a car by ferry from either Køge or Ystad and you still haven't bought your ferry ticket, now is the time.

Sponsors Needed Friday, Jul 20th, 2018, 08:40 (CEST)

We are still looking for sponsors for BornHack 2018. Our call for sponsors can be found on the sponsors page along with the existing sponsors. If you know of an organisation which might be interested please point them to that page.

Firefighting Equipment Added to the Shop Thursday, Jul 12th, 2018, 22:26 (CEST)

Tents larger than 50m2 and tents with elevated fire risk like soldering irons or cooking equipment are required by fire regulations to have firefighing equipment. Specifically:

You can bring your own set or rent one from the shop.

Fridges Added to the Shop Tuesday, Jul 10th, 2018, 08:45 (CEST)

To help participants keep groceries chilled until they are needed we have fridges available. You can rent a shelf for 200,- DKK for the entire week, or a smaller drawer for 100,- DKK for the week. The prices are higher than last year because we unfortunately have no fridge sponsor this year.

The fridges look like this and can be ordered in the shop.

Renting all the space in a fridge (6 shelves + 1 drawer) enables you to move the fridge to your camp instead of keeping it in the food area. Remember the fridges are rented so we have to cover any damages.

Note: Does not come with bowls of toast bread or glasses of juice like in the picture.

You are also welcome to bring your own fridges or coolers!

BornHack First Aid Course Wednesday, Jun 20th, 2018, 20:13 (CEST)

During BornHack we want to have as many trained First Aid givers present as possible. To that end we are happy to announce a free First Aid course for up to 16 BornHack volunteers and participants.

The course takes place on the 14th of July. We begin at noon (12:00 CEST) so please arrive a bit before that time. The course takes 6-8 hours including breaks, four hours for the basic First Aid course, and some additional time for learning about treatment of festival related injuries (like intoxication).

The address is:

inQvation ApS, Erik Husfeldts Vej 7, 2630 Taastrup, Denmark

After completing the course all participants will receive an official Danish First Aid certificate, paid for by BornHack.

Drinks and light snacks will be served during the day, but we expect people to have eaten lunch when they arrive. Expect some activites on the floor, so dress accordingly.

To participate please signup on this Doodle. Maximum 16 participants.

Return of the Simon Thursday, Jun 7th, 2018, 22:16 (CEST)

In food related news we are very excited to report that our popular food vendor Simon (who you might know from 2016 & 2017) will return to BornHack this year. His menu card will be updated with new items again this year, stay tuned for details as we get closer to the event.

PROSA Bus Trip Tuesday, Jun 5th, 2018, 09:24 (CEST)

We are very pleased confirm PROSA, the Danish Association of IT Professionals as Platinum sponsors again this year!

Like the previous years PROSA is funding a cheap (and usually very popular) hackers bus trip.

Apart from being cheap and convenient, the PROSA bus trip is a great way to spend some time with fellow BornHack participants.

See the shop for more info.

Call For Participation Open Monday, Jun 4th, 2018, 08:24 (CEST)

The BornHack 2018 Call for Participation is now open!

We are looking for talented, humorous, inspiring, and/or provocative speakers to host talks, lightning talks, and workshops at BornHack.

We are very open to different topics. We expect that the majority of the presentations at BornHack will be on security, networking, programming, distributed systems, privacy, and how these technologies relate to society.

Read the CFP and submit a proposal!

Cabins now available from the shop Sunday, Jun 3rd, 2018, 15:50 (CEST)

We've added cabins in the webshop.

Same prices as last year: 150,- DKK per bed per night, 1000,- DKK for the full week.

More info at the shop

BornHack 2018 Design Contest Sunday, Mar 4th, 2018, 17:19 (CET)

The creative elements of BornHack 2016 and 2017 such as taglines, color profiles, logos, and merchandise design came from the organiser group. For BornHack 2018 we would like to host a Design Contest for the BornHack community.

We are looking for participant submissions for the following design categories:

You can see older designs and assets

The designs should work in a monotone color setting where only two colors are available. We have picked green #008026 (CMYK: 1.00, 0.00, 0.70, 0.50) as the color of choice for BornHack 2018. This color will be used for various components on the website as well as the festival wristbands, and could be used in design submissions.

Submission Information

The submissions must be licensed under a Creative Commons license and cannot be a non-commercial license, as the merchandise shop should be able to sell products with the designs on. We might reach out to ask permission to remix your submission in ways that we find appealing.

The submissions should be send to with the subject "Design Contest 2018" no later than the 20th of April, 2018. The winners will be announced no later than the 1st of May.

The winner(s) will have their name on the BornHack website for eternal glory and bragging rights.

BornHack 2018 Tickets for Sale Sunday, Jan 7th, 2018, 19:06 (CET)

We are happy to announce that it is now possible to buy your ticket for this years BornHack in the shop!

We have kept the prices at the same level as the previous two years. A regular full week adult ticket is 1200,- DKK. Childrens tickets are available for 450,- DKK. Student tickets are 900,- DKK and we have introduced a new Budget Ticket for 600,- DKK for hackers with tight budgets.

We also have more expensive tickets available (and remember Bitcoin payment is possible! :)) for hackers who are able to pay a bit more. The Hacker Ticket is 1337,- DKK and the Supporter Ticket is 1800,- DKK.

Finally we have Corporate Tickets available for 2500,- or 5000,- DKK if you have an employer paying the ticket.

We have the usual payment options available. We prefer Bank Transfer (but please remember to pay the fees in your end!) or Blockchain payments. You can even pay cash if you happen to find yourself near an organiser. Finally we do accept Credit Cards, but we ask that you consider using the other options first. Credit Cards are expensive and difficult for us to handle. Please only use them as a last resort.

Go get your tickets in the webshop now!

Merchandise Batch 2 and Badges For Sale Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017, 19:50 (CET)

As promised we are selling a second batch of the BornHack 2017 merchandise. This is the same gear we sold during BornHack 2017. We have tshirts (slim and regular) as well as thick, high-quality hoodies. We also have water drinking bottles. The merchandise is available in the shop now!

We are also selling the leftover BornHack 2017 badges - around 70 of them. This is your chance to own a badge if you didn't participate in BornHack 2017. If you did, this is your chance to get another badge!

The badges have already been paid and produced. They are just waiting to be used, they are also available in the shop now.

Please remember to add shipping to your order - alternatively you can arrange pickup in person with one of our organisers. We will be at 34c3.

BornHack 2018 Kickoff & Reunion Party Monday, Oct 2nd, 2017, 19:32 (CEST)

If you want to help make the next BornHack the best yet then you should join the organisers for the BornHack 2018 kickoff in Copenhagen on November 25th 2017 from 12:00 to 17:00. Please make sure you've eaten lunch when you arrive, we have a lot to get through.

We will spend the day discussing how to improve and grow BornHack. The teams for BornHack 2018 have already been defined, and part of the job on 25th will be to define and describe the tasks each team has to solve before and during the event.

Please fill in this Doodle if you intend to participate in the kickoff so we have some idea of how many people to expect.

This is a great chance to influence the team(s) you intend to help out on, so we hope to see a lot of people there!

The address for the kickoff is:

Vester Farimagsgade 37A
1606 København V

Later in the evening we would like to invite everyone to join the annual BornHack Reunion Party. The party is at Farfars Bodega from 19:00 on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. We have reserved a floor for BornHack with a bar and both non-smoking and smoking areas. The party is open for everyone in the community, not just people who took part in the 2018 kickoff.

The address for the Reunion Party is:

Farfars Bodega
Skindergade 20
1159 København K

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Workshop Signups Saturday, Aug 19th, 2017, 17:51 (CEST)

To sign up for one or more workshops please send us an email. Some workshops have limited capacity, first come first serve.

The BornHack 2017 Badge Monday, Aug 14th, 2017, 11:28 (CEST)

All participants at BornHack 2017 will receive an electronic name badge. Our Badge Team has been working hard on the badge for this years BornHack. To help everyone prepare for software and hardware hacking of the badge we are releasing a few details.

The hardware is based on a 32 bit ARM Cortex M0+ from SiLabs, specifically the Happy Gecko with built in USB, and a 128x64 pixel OLED display, in addition to a bunch of extra GPIOs for expansions.

To build software for the badge you can use the arm-none-eabi-gcc toolchain, on pretty much all operating systems - see the badge2017 repository on github for more details.

Stay tuned for more updates, board layout and example code.

Unable to afford a ticket? Wednesday, Aug 2nd, 2017, 00:32 (CEST)

If you want to go to BornHack, but you are unable to go because you can't afford a ticket, please contact us. We will work something out.

We would hate to see anyone miss this event because they can't afford a ticket. BornHack is about hackers getting together to share knowledge, grow friendships, and build things. We want to do ours to make sure money doesn't get in the way of that.

Please get in touch! Write to

One Day Children Tickets for Sale Tuesday, Jul 18th, 2017, 13:19 (CEST)

By popular demand we have added one day tickets for children aged 5-15 years old to the shop. Up-and-coming hackers are very welcome at BornHack, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Size Guide for T-shirts and Hoodies Tuesday, Jul 18th, 2017, 09:38 (CEST)

If you need help finding the right size when ordering clothes for BornHack 2017 this guide from the company that makes the clothes might be helpful:

Merchandise must be ordered no later than August 11th 2017. We will not be doing a second batch of merchandise this year, so make sure to place your order in time!

BornHack 2017: Call for Speakers Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 06:00 (CEST)

BornHack 2017 is a 7 day outdoor tent camping festival for hackers, makers, and anyone interested in technology and society, and how the two interact. BornHack 2017 will take place from the 22nd to the 29th of August 2017 on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. This will be the second time BornHack takes place and it is time to make tradition.

We are looking for talented, humorous, inspiring, and/or provocative speakers to host talks, lightning talks, and workshops at BornHack.

We are very open to different topics. We expect that the majority of the presentations at BornHack will be on security, networking, programming, distributed systems, privacy, and how these technologies relate to society.

BornHack is trying to be an inclusive event so please make sure you have read and understood our Code of Conduct.

Regular Talk

Regular talks are 45 minutes of presentation, 10 minutes of questions from the audience followed by 5 minutes of preparation for setting up the next speaker.

Please bring your own laptop with your presentation on; it should have an ordinary HDMI output and we will provide the cable to the projector. We do not guarantee that audio will work, even if your laptop supports it - please reach out to us early if this is a requirement.

We will provide you with a one-day entrance ticket free of charge, but due to our limited funds, you'll have to pay for transportation to and from the event yourself. We also encourage you to participate for the entire week, but then you need to buy a full event ticket.

Lightning Talk

Lightning talks are 10 minutes of presentation. A provided laptop will be connected to the projector at the location of the presentations. Please make sure you have your slides submitted to the content team no later than 24 hours before the lightning talk session begins.

A lightning talk is an excellent opportunity for inexperienced speakers to share an interesting idea, presentation, or maybe just a small story.

You MUST buy yourself an entrance ticket to host a lightning talk; we are unable to offer free tickets for everyone giving a lightning talk.


We have two workshop areas that will be able to host workshops for approximately 20 people per room. Workshops can be up to 3 hours per slot and can be extended for daily workshops.

If you are camping with a village, or there is a village related to your workshop, you are of course also welcome to host sessions there.

You MUST buy yourself an entrance ticket to host a workshop; we are unable to offer free tickets for everyone hosting a workshop.

Submitting Content

Please submit talks, lightning talks, and workshops for BornHack 2017 as early as possible. You can submit content via our website:

  1. Create an account on our website.
  2. Visit our proposal site.
  3. Propose a new speaker.
  4. Propose a new event.

We will review incoming proposals and notify you as early as possible on whether the proposal was accepted. Proposals submitted before 1st of July will be notified by us no later than the 16th of July. Late submissions are welcome, but we might be running low on available slots at that time.

If you want to hold any kind of session or event within BornHack, that does not seem to fit into above formats, please contact us via We are very happy to give a platform to a wide variety of events.

Contact Information

The BornHack content team can be reached at - for general questions regarding the event please reach out to the info team at

We are reachable via IRC in #BornHack on (6nbtgccn5nbcodn3.onion) on port 6697 with TLS.

For more information, news, and other event updates, please have a look at our website or follow us on Twitter at @BornHax

BornHack 2017 Tickets For Sale Sunday, Apr 9th, 2017, 19:17 (CEST)

The tickets for BornHack 2017 are now available in the shop!

The ticket options and prices are the same as last year. A standard ticket is 1200,- DKK and a student ticket is 900,- DKK. Kids between 5 and 15 are 450,- DKK for the week, kids younger than 5 do not need a ticket.

We have a hacker ticket for 1337,- DKK and a supporter ticket for 1800,- DKK. If your employer is paying you might also consider going for one of the corporate tickets for 2500,- DKK or 5000,- DKK.

If you are unable to attend the whole week we have one day tickets available for 300,- DKK.

You can pay using a bank transfer or credit card or a selection of crypto currencies:

If you find yourself near an organiser you can even pay in cash.

Please note: Credit cards are expensive for us to handle. Please only use credit card as a last resort. Thank you!

Team Signups Open Saturday, Apr 8th, 2017, 12:27 (CEST)

If you want to help make the next BornHack great then you should consider joining a volunteer team to help out.

We need help with more or less everything at this point. If you just want to help with practical jobs (carrying stuff around and things like that), then great.

If you have a drivers license, or a first aid/truck/whatever certificate, or if you're a qualified electrician, carpenter or plumber, we would love to hear about that too :)

Each team has one or two responsible people to take care of coordination and reporting to the organisers. They are the people to contact with any questions you may have before joining a team.

At BornHack 2017 all organisers and volunteers buy full tickets like everyone else. In the future our budget may allow for discounts or free tickets for volunteers, but not this year.

Finally: If you've never volunteered at an event like this before you should really consider it. It is a great way of meeting new people, and it feels good to be a part of creating a great event like BornHack.

What are you waiting for? Go join a team!

New Website Online Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017, 22:49 (CET)

We have been working on a big update of our website for a while, and it is finally ready to see the light of day!

The primary change is a new URL structure to allow us to keep permanent URLs for everything going forward. This does mean we've had to change the URLs for the BornHack 2016 content, sorry about that.

All the old BornHack 2016 content is available at and BornHack 2017 stuff is starting to show up at /bornhack-2017/.

If you spot any issues with the website please let us know - ideally by opening a Github issue, but a heads up on IRC is fine too.

T-shirts and hoodies for sale! Thursday, Nov 10th, 2016, 00:05 (CET)

We finally have t-shirts and hoodies available the shop again. The t-shirts are identical to the ones you could buy just before the event. The hoodies are identical to the ones worn by the organisers (except without the text "Organizer" on the back).

The prices of this new batch of merchandise include shipping (domestic or foreign). A whole bunch of legal stuff prevents us from accepting credit card payments for items being shipped, so please pay with bank transfer, bitcoin, or in cash to an organiser (if you happen to find yourself near one).

Note: This batch of merchandise will only be for sale the rest of November so get your orders in before December begins. Orders will be produced and shipped out during December.

Remember to put your shipping address in the comments field in the order!

BornHack 2017 Organiser and Volunteer Kickoff Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016, 20:47 (CEST)

BornHack 2016 (The Initial Commit) was a success thanks to volunteers helping out to make everything work. We want to build on this and encourage even more volunteers to help out with BornHack 2017.

This is an official invitation to anyone interested in becoming volunteers for BornHack 2017 to join the BornHack 2017 Organiser and Volunteer Kickoff on Saturday, November 12th at Prosa.

The agenda for the day:

We hope to see many people interested in influencing the next BornHack and we can't wait to work with all of you. Please sign up using this Doodle if you are coming.

The kickoff happens at Prosa, Vester Farimagsgade 37A, 1606 København V. Call the BornHack phone +4531550497 if the door is closed.

BornHack 2016 Reunion Party Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016, 20:43 (CEST)

We would like to invite friends, volunteers, sponsors, speakers, keynotes, and their friends to join us for the first BornHack reunion party.

The event will take place at Farfar Bodega in the inner city of Copenhagen on the 12'th of November 2016 from 20 o'clock until the last hacker leaves the venue in the early morning. We hope to make the reunion a yearly recurring event - just like BornHack itself.

Please sign up to the reunion party using our Doodle.

You do not have to participate in the BornHack 2017 kick-off session to participate in the reunion - everyone is welcome :-)

Beverages is on your own - the bar accepts Dankort, VISA, and mastercard as well as cash.


The BornHack 2016 reunion will take place at:

Farfar Bodega & Dans
Skindergade 20,
1159 København K

The 12th of November, 2016 from 20 o'clock to the venue closes.

Badge Contest Winner Found Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016, 07:55 (CEST)

We found a winner of the BornHack 2016 badge hacking contest! Even though we only had one entry we still think it is an awesome badge well worthy of winning the price.

The badge hacking contest was an attempt to entice participants to document and share their badge modifications. The only way to participate was by submitting a pull request to the Github badge contest page. This means that you can now go see pictures and all the components used to make the winning badge there.

Congratulations to the winner! He won tickets to Copenhagen Maker this weekend, an exciting new maker festival.

Even though the contest is over we would still really appreciate pull requests if you've done something cool with your badge. Just add them at the bottom of the page!

Shuttle bus Rønne/Airport transportation Thursday, Sep 1st, 2016, 14:00 (CEST)

If you need to arrange shuttlebus transportation to/from Rønne Harbour or the airport you need to speak with Jesper (Kaptajn) on in order to coordinate with similar arrivals/depature.

Transportation needs to be arranged before 20:00 the day before.

Order bakery for each morning Monday, Aug 29th, 2016, 16:49 (CEST)

Check the selection of products at Orders can be placed at the infodesk before 19:30 and arrive the next morning at around 8:00.

Payment is up front, see the website for prices.

Morning bread delivery Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016, 15:01 (CEST)

We are currently sorting out the details regarding bread delivery throughout the week. Until we get everything settled Ronni will drive into the baker at approximately 7:30. If you need cheese, bread etc. please grab a hold of him and order in advance.

Coffee Hubs and payment Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016, 14:53 (CEST)

We've finally had enough coffee ourselves to sort out the coffee situation. There will be coffee hubs at the bar and at the infodesk. We will try to fill them up whenever they're empty. If you find one empty of coffee please contact an organiser and we'll arrange a fill-up ASAP.

Prices are 5 DKK per cup, please pay at the infodesk or bar. Please remember to pay as it goes directly to our expenses. We are working on getting plastic mugs, please re-use and recycle them when they get there. In the meantime please use thermo cups or use the ones that are let out at the stations.

Happy coffee drinking!

Kiosk Information/Location Update Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016, 14:26 (CEST)

Items announced to be sold in the kiosk will from now on be sold from the bar whenever the bar is open. If you wish for specific kiosk items please contact Ronni and we will see what we can do.

Shuttle bus Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016, 14:17 (CEST)

To ease coordination and transportation the shuttle bus will from Monday leave at regular hours. For now there will two trips daily to Åkirkeby at 10:00 and 16:00.

If you want to organise trips at other times please arrange with one of the shuttle bus drivers

We will evaluate if more regular trips are needed as fast as possible.

Happy f00d hacking!

Last call for tickets for the PROSA bus Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016, 10:55 (CEST)

Today is the last day to get a seat on the PROSA bus. Only 125kr from Copenhagen to BornHack and back again.

Buy your ticket BEFORE 18:00 UTC +2 today. After that purchase will not be possible.

You can buy a ticket from the shop here!

The bus has the following schedule:

Everyone who has bought a ticket for the bus will recieve a mail with more info later to night.

Fridge Rental and Placement Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016, 08:06 (CEST)

As a service to camps/villages that have rented an entire fridge (6 shelves plus a drawer; 650,- DKK), we can place the fridge locally in your camp/village instead of with the rest of the fridges in the food area.

Note well: The fridges are rented (and brand new!), so you need to take good care of them. If we place the fridge in your camp/village the responsibility falls on you to keep the fridges undamaged (or pay for any damages).

T-shirts are now available from the shop Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016, 20:49 (CEST)

You can now buy BornHack t-shirts from the shop on the website. Please note that you have to order them no later than Sunday the 21st of August. We are sorry for the short notice about this.

The t-shirts are available in size S to 6XL.

The t-shirts will be handed out from the infodesk. There will not be any t-shirt sales at the event itself.

Size Table:

Chest width (cm) 50 53 56 59 63 67 71 75 79

Pro-tip: Measurements are chest widths. To get the right measurement, take the chest circumference and divide it by two.

Lightning Talks at BornHack Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016, 20:41 (CEST)

Today we are happy to announce that lightning talks at BornHack will take place on Friday the 2nd of September from 12:00 to 14:00. You can see the schedule entry here.

We currently only have two lightning talks online, but be sure to keep yourself updated on the schedule.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, please send an email to with a title, a short description of the lightning talk, and a short biography of you.

You are welcome to reach out to us during BornHack if you want to give a lightning talk on one of your BornHack projects. You can submit talks up until Friday the 2nd of September at 11:00.

Borrowing Bicycles Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016, 12:17 (CEST)

BornHack takes place on a uniquely beautiful island. It would be a shame to spend a week there and only see the BornHack venue!

We have ten bicycles (including lights, a lock and a helmet) available that are free to borrow for BornHack participants. The bicycles are equipped with large baskets, so they can be used for both sightseeing and shopping.

They can be booked free of charge at the infodesk.

Ticket Contest Monday, Aug 15th, 2016, 20:40 (CEST)

We are hereby announcing a ticket contest in which we are giving away three (3) standard tickets (normal price: 1200,- per ticket) for BornHack 2016.

To take part in the contest all you have to do is send us an email describing your interests/projects, and why you want to go to BornHack. The lucky winners will be notified directly on friday the 19th of august.

Please send your replies to to take part in the contest!

Announcing the BornHack 2016 Badge Sunday, Aug 14th, 2016, 21:29 (CEST)

We are excited to announce that all participants at BornHack 2016 will receive an electronic name badge. From the get-go the badge is a Joule Thief circuit powering an LED to light up the name of the owner.

You can see a picture of the kit here and an assembled badge here. We also caught a picture of an assembled badge by night, and we have a rendering of the lanyards that come with the name badges.

The badge is designed with a large prototyping area (both hole-through and surface-mount) which you can use to modify the badge. At the end of the week the three best badge hacks will win prices and fame. Read more about the badge at our info page and on Github.

We owe a big thank you to Thomas Flummer from Danish makerspace Labitat for helping out with the design and production of the badges. You can meet Thomas at the Badge Workshop monday evening.

We also want to thank the sponsor of the badges, TykTech.

Rent a Fridge Shelf Saturday, Aug 13th, 2016, 22:43 (CEST)

To help participants keep groceries chilled until they are needed we have fridges available. You can rent a shelf for 100,- for the entire week, or a smaller drawer for 50,- for the week. The fridges look like this and can be ordered in the shop. Note: Does not come with bowls of toast bread or glasses of juice like in the picture.

You are also welcome to bring your own fridges or coolers!

Talk: How present day banking malware works? From Spam emails to money transfer Friday, Aug 12th, 2016, 13:01 (CEST)

Present day malware is very sophisticated and much different than a decade ago. Malware is no longer a single executable file which executes on the victim's computer and runs as a process. There are multiple stages involved from a typical malware infection to completion of its objectives. Typically, infection starts with a victim clicking on a link in a spam email. It then leads to a binary executable downloaded and executed on the victim's computer. This is however, just the tip of the iceberg, the executed binary usually downloads further binaries from internet and creates several processes, registry keys and injects into legitimate process’s memory. After a series of steps, the money is transferred from victim's bank account to a bank account controlled by criminals.

This talk will explain the events from spam email to money transfer step by step to help the audience understand malware and protect themselves better.

Saad Khan

Saad Khan holds a Joint master’s degree in Security and Mobile Computing from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway) and University of Tartu (Estonia). He has been working as a Malware Analyst in eCrime department of CSIS in Denmark for past 2 years. He primarily reverse engineers banking malware and researches various aspects of cyber security. In his free time, he enjoys playing Clash of Clans, swimming and playing Tennis.

The Practice Lock Exchange Friday, Aug 12th, 2016, 08:37 (CEST)

Many hackers enjoy lock picking on a hobby level, to the extent where hacker festivals often have villages dedicated to lockpicking. At the moment it doesn't look like BornHack will have a dedicated lockpick village, but we do have another initiative which can be beneficial to lock pickers.

Lock pickers often have a bunch of practice locks. Often a hacker will have picked those same practice locks many, many times. The BornHack shop will have a "practice lock exchange" where you can hand in one of your practice locks that you are tired of, and take another from the pile.

We will "bootstrap" the practice lock exchange with a few locks to get things going. Hackers should bring all the locks they have, along with their lockpicking tools of course.

Happy picking!

Village table and chair prices lowered Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016, 17:14 (CEST)

When we lowered the prices of village tents a week ago we forgot to update the prices of tables and chairs. The shop now has chairs for 20,- or 25,- DKK instead of 75,- DKK, and tables for 60,- DKK instead of 215,- DKK. This is about the same level of price reduction we saw with the tents.

Happy village shopping!

Talk: American Fuzzy Lop and Address Sanitizer Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016, 15:10 (CEST)

We have powerful and easy to use tools that can vastly improve the quality and security of the code we use everyday.

Code written in C and C++ is often riddled with bugs in the memory management. Out of bounds accesses, use after free errors and other issues can hamper the security and stability of applications. Unfortunately many free software developers don't use freely available tools that easily allow finding and eliminating many of these bugs. The talk will encourage developers to change that and integrate these tools into their development process.

Hanno Böck

Hanno Böck started the Fuzzing Project in 2014 as an effort to improve the security of free software code. In May the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative decided to fund this work. He is also working as a freelance journalist and regularly writes about IT security issues for various publications. He is the author of the monthly Bulletproof TLS Newsletter.

Talk: Running "server-less" applications in the cloud using AWS Lambda Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016, 11:15 (CEST)

When moving workloads to the "cloud", why settle for simply running virtual machines, that might as well be running in the datacenter. Why spend time maintaining the operating system layer at all? Using AWS Lambda it is now possible to run code without caring about the underlying operating system. AWS Lambda will scale the code to run on as many machines is necessary to answer the requests. But how does it work? What tools can be used to use it effeciently? How can we build a simple web service using a bit of Python code, and some AWS magic.

Loke Dupont

Loke Dupont is currently Head of Services with Xstream and has worked with streaming video technology since 2008 for Xstream and TDC. He has worked with plenty of different video encoders, streaming servers and DRM technology.

Lately he has been focused on AWS, and how to move web applications to the "cloud" as well as building AWS native applications.

Talk: European politics: What you can do for me^H^H all of us. Wednesday, Aug 10th, 2016, 14:52 (CEST)

There is an abundance of proposed laws, regulations, initatiatives, trade agreements, etc., that we all can see will do nothing good for our security and privacy. A lot of the technology most people use every day seems to be designed to undermine our right to privacy.

Some of this is caused by a fundamental lack of understanding of technology, some on greed, some is just evil.

We can fight this on a political level, as e.g., European Digital Rights and IT-Pol do.

But we can also oppose it from our home ground. Using techology. We already have, of course. Imagine where we would be without Free Software, PGP, TOR, Blockchains, etc.

But where do we stand today? And how do we take advantage of our hacker skills. I will give a brief overviews based mostly on current European politics. Then we will have an open discussion about the way forward.

Niels Elgaard Larsen

Niels have been teaching Computer Science at University of Copenhagen, later worked on optimization, databases, and administrative system. He now do IT consulting and training courses based on Free Software.

Niels is vice-chairman of IT-Political Association of Denmark and has been fighting for digital rights in Denmark and Europe for two decades.

Unable to afford a ticket? Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016, 19:17 (CEST)

If you want to go to BornHack, but you are unable to go because you can't afford a ticket, please contact us. We will work something out.

We would hate to see anyone miss this event because they can't afford a ticket. BornHack is about hackers getting together to share knowledge, grow friendships, and build things. We want to do ours to make sure money doesn't get in the way of that.

Please get in touch! Write to

Schedule Published Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016, 17:17 (CEST)

We have been working hard on our schedule system and it is finally finished. Not all talks, keynotes and workshops have been scheduled yet though, so stay tuned.

You can see a list of all speakers and a list of all talks, keynotes and workshops, or go straight to the schedule.

Venue Map Published Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016, 00:21 (CEST)

After much drone flying and graphics work the map of the BornHack venue is finally ready for public viewing. The map can be found in the map part of the info section.

The rest of the info section has been updated with much new information about all things BornHack. Be sure to read through it so you don't miss anything important!

Talk: Designing Composable Security Monday, Aug 8th, 2016, 11:07 (CEST)

"Lots of things are wrong with the internet, everything sucks" is a recurring theme at many tech events like this. But there is not enough focus on concrete long-term fixes. Discussions of security topics are not systematic enough, and people and companies pushing selfish agendas makes these problems worse.

In this talk we suggest better "ground-up" approaches to secure system design. Composability is the key idea here; we'll discuss both abstract principles for achieving this, as well as concrete components that "someone should make" that would compose with other future components. Thus, different teams can work together towards a common goal instead of competing for each others' users and volunteers. Any backwards-compatibility hacks may be decomposed away when no longer needed, instead of permanently polluting other parts of the ecosystem.

Ximin Luo

I'm Ximin Luo, a Debian Developer and security research engineer. I work on secure protocols and decentralized systems. I prefer to use high-level checked languages such as Rust, OCaml, or Haskell. I work for the Reproducible Builds project and have previously worked for MEGA, Tor, Google and Freenet.

I also like music, cooking, sci-fi and cats, in an order indistinguishable from a truly random sequence by a polynomial-time-bounded computational adversary.

Workshop: v2 Sunday, Aug 7th, 2016, 17:57 (CEST)


Talk: Introduction to Modern Video Streaming Technology Sunday, Aug 7th, 2016, 13:15 (CEST)

How can you stream to users on a wealth of devices using a few simple formats? How can you make sure that all users can watch your video with changing network conditions and over unstable network links? We will go through some fo the technology behind video streaming technology as used by almost all larger video streaming services today. We will also walk through how to use open source tools to achieve comparable quality to the big guys, and how to setup players across a bunch of platforms. Tools used will be ffmpeg, Bento4, Shaka Player etc.

Loke Dupont

Loke Dupont is currently Head of Services with Xstream and has worked with streaming video technology since 2008 for Xstream and TDC. He has worked with plenty of different video encoders, streaming servers and DRM technology.

Lately he has been focused on AWS, and how to move web applications to the "cloud" as well as building AWS native applications.

Shuttle Bus Service Friday, Aug 5th, 2016, 09:59 (CEST)

We are happy to announce that BornHack will have a shuttle bus to help participants get around.

The shuttle bus seats 8 passengers and a driver, and has room for groceries.

On the arrival day you will be able to call the BornHack phone number (which will be published later) to arrange pickup. During the festival and on the departure day you will use a reservation system to let us know when you need transportation. We wont have time for something fancy, so the reservation system might just be a whiteboard at the infodesk where you write yourself in :)

If you want to help BornHack by taking a shift or two driving the shuttle bus please let us know as soon as possible! We need the drivers license info for the car rental place.

Village tent prices considerably reduced Thursday, Aug 4th, 2016, 20:17 (CEST)

We are very pleased to announce that we closed a deal with a new village tent supplier today, resulting in considerably lower prices. The savings range from 25% on the smaller and up to 60% on the biggest tents! Note that BornHack does not make a profit on village tents - neither with the old nor with the new supplier. The prices have already been updated in the shop.

We put a lot of effort into picking the right suppliers for the different parts of BornHack. Since Bornholm is an island we prefer local suppliers whenever possible. Saving transportation costs (both financial and environmental) is a big factor when choosing suppliers. But in this case the difference in price between the local and a mainland vendor was simply too big to ignore.

We understand that these new prices will allow more camps and villages to rent a tent for BornHack and we are obviously thrilled about that.

Please note that village tents must be ordered no later than August 21st!

Talk: Technical and Political Aspects of Running Uncensored DNS servers Thursday, Aug 4th, 2016, 12:06 (CEST)

The UncensoredDNS project was started almost 7 years ago, back in November 2009. People were asking for recommendations for alternatives to their ISP's censored DNS servers.

Back then OpenDNS did NXDOMAIN redirection, an advertising trick where misspelled nonexistant domains are redirected to a search page with ads instead of returning an NXDOMAIN error. They also didn't have ipv6 or DNSSEC, both of which are mandatory on a modern DNS server, even back in 2009.

Even if Google DNS had existed back then I wouldn't have felt comfortable recommending them either. While they do run a stable, fast and largely uncensored service, I am not convinced that it is a good idea to hand over all your DNS lookups to Google.

All this prompted me to do something about the situation so I started UncensoredDNS with help from friends. I also give talks to explain why I am doing this, since people naturally have an easier time trusting a service if they know who is behind it.

The talk be a state-of-the-dns type thing, with some political but mostly technical content. The technical content will include statistics, background and status on the anycast project, dnscrypt, the openvpn project, the move to ansible, the new dns-over-http proposal, and more.

Thomas Steen Rasmussen

Thomas Steen Rasmussen (born 1979) is a system architect and Unix administrator with a preference for FreeBSD and a healthy interest in network and system security. Developer with experience in various languages, currently with a preference for Python, specifically Django. When I work with databases I prefer PostgreSQL. I care a lot about online freedom, IT politics and Internet legislation, which has inspired me to run and in my sparetime, among other projects. Co-organizer of BornHack.

Talk: GraphQL - A Data Language Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016, 21:41 (CEST)

GraphQL is a query-language for data, intended for the modern internet clients on the web and inside mobile phones, invented inside Facebook around 2012, it is currently in a draft specification phase with several open source implementations of the underlying ideas.

The main feature of GraphQL is a shift away from RESTful services where all of the query declaration is on the server side, to one where the client is in control of declaring what it wants. The result is a system which is easy to work with for the front-end developer. GraphQL also supports backward compatibility to earlier client versions. All while being able to maintain a security level at least as good as REST. On the server side, GraphQL provides much the same benefits, acting as a protocol and contract between the server and client.

This talk presents GraphQL itself, and also presents how one goes about building an implementation of the language. The running example is a GraphQL compiler written for Erlang.

Jesper Louis Andersen

Jesper Louis Andersen bridges the gap between theory and practice. He has a curiosity for programming language theory, math, and logic, but dabbles in many other fields of computer science as well. His main interest is to move state-of-the-art computer science research into real world use whenever possible. His dayjob involves functional programming for a danish startup.

Cheap transport from Copenhagen to BornHack Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016, 12:00 (CEST)

PROSA, the union of IT-professionals in Denmark has set up a great deal for BornHack attendees traveling from Copenhagen to BornHack. For only 125kr, about 17 euros, you can be transported to the camp, and back to Copenhagen at the end of the camp!

We encourage our attendees to make use of this offer!

The bus has the following schedule:

PROSA might contact you with details regarding the bus, but nothing more!

Talk: OE-lite - Hack on Your Own Devices Friday, Jul 15th, 2016, 10:23 (CEST)

Have you ever wanted to do something cool with one of your electronic devices, but been stopped from doing it because the vendor did not think of that use-case? Have you ever found a problem with the code on one of your devices but being unable to fix it because the vendor no longer cared about the software or did not allow modifications?

Have you ever had to throw out perfectly good hardware since the software was no longer updated/working?

I have :) And it makes me annoyed every time!

Instead of being in the hands of the vendor of your NAS, router, media-center etc. how about actually controlling it yourself?

In this talk I will present a framework (OE-lite) to build custom embedded Linux from scratch. I will talk about why it is simply not good enough to “just install Ubuntu on the damn thing!” and walk through my own use-case of building a router from a BananaPI-R1 board.

OE-lite is a mature framework for creating robust, maintainable custom Linux platforms. Originally forked from OpenEmbedded to showcase how to improve on major technical defects, today OE-lite is a serious alternative to frameworks like Yocto, buildroot or OpenWRT. With a strong focus on avoiding surprises when developing custom Linux systems, working with very different hardware platforms from the same codebase and maintaining the systems for 10 - 15 years OE-lite offers another perspective on embedded Linux systems. The project have not been very public, but we have been working hard to change that and we are now inviting embedded Linux developers to come join us!


Kim Højgaard-Hansen

Kim Højgaard-Hansen has worked with building Linux from source since 2004 through various Linux Distributions. Since 2013 he has been working for Prevas A/S developing custom embedded Linux platforms for anything from multimedia to medical devices on many different hardware architectures and with lots of custom hardware and software integrations. Kim has a background in academia doing a PhD in wireless communication performance optimizations.

Keynote: Security for non-hackers beyond »Use Tor. Use Signal.« Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016, 15:39 (CEST)

Individual and organizational security needs are seldom simply a technical challenge but rather an operational one. »How do we get things done with minimal interference from those who would rather not see us getting it done?« That is the question facing journalists, activists and human rights defenders of all stripes around the world.

In order to provide a practical answer we need to go further than tool guides and how-tos. We need to establish baselines of digital literacy and security thinking, and build up the collective habits commonly known as 'security culture'.

This talk lays some conceptual groundwork for integrating security into the modes of operation of newsrooms, the offices of NGOs and law firms, activist affinity groups and other forms of organization with unmet security needs. It is directed for non-hackers and hackers alike.

Henrik Chulu

Henrik Chulu is a co-founder of the Danish internet policy think tank Bitbureauet. He likes to think and write about digital security and other forms of information asymmetry.

Talk: TLS attacks and the burden of faulty TLS implementations Monday, Jul 11th, 2016, 18:47 (CEST)

TLS is by far the most important cryptographic protocol in use today. In recent years TLS received much more attention from security researchers. Implementation errors like Heartbleed and protocol bugs like BEAST, Lucky Thirteen, DROWN and many more have made headlines.

Faulty implementations can enable attacks. In some cases they can even be a security risk for uninvolved third parties and endanger the whole TLS ecosystem. Especially so-called Enterprise devices that have their own TLS stack are often a reason for concern.

The speaker will give an overview of implementation errors that happened in various TLS stacks and will shed light on this underappreciated problem.

Hanno Böck

Hanno Böck started the Fuzzing Project in 2014 as an effort to improve the security of free software code. In May the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative decided to fund this work. He is also working as a freelance journalist and regularly writes about IT security issues for various publications. He is the author of the monthly Bulletproof TLS Newsletter.

Village registration now open Monday, Jul 11th, 2016, 13:39 (CEST)

Everything is better with a proper homebase!

Camps on BornHack can register as villages. A village can have a common theme like a project, people from the same country or city, a hackerspace, a programming language, and so on - or it can just be a bunch of friends camping together.

If you feel like opening your village up to others you can add a nice description to reach out to likeminded and interested people. It is also perfectly fine to keep your village "invite only" if you want to. Just check the "private" checkbox when registering the village to do so.

Register your village now, or join an existing village. You can also rent a big tent for your village, or you can bring your own.

We encourage all camps and villages to bring all the lights! Decorate your home base with as much pretty lighting as possible. It makes for a beautiful sight at nighttime when walking around.

We also very much welcome you to do any kind of installations on the campground, and to run events or projects that do not fit the workshop/talk format. Contact us if you want to do anything outside of your village area, or if you want your activities announced. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Cabin price halving Sunday, Jul 10th, 2016, 20:30 (CEST)

To celebrate the Bitcoin block reward halving we're doing our own BornHack cabin price halving!

You can now rent a bed in one of our three cabins for 150 DKK for a single night, and 1000 DKK for the whole camp.

It is also possible to rent a whole cabin if you are a group of up to 8 people, this now costs 7500 DKK

See and rent the cabins on:

Talk: MirageOS - robust operating system design from the grounds up Friday, Jul 8th, 2016, 07:53 (CEST)

Contemporary operating systems suffer from being enormous code bases, riddled with bugs, still supporting legacy hardware (like floppy drives). A common attack vector is based on unsafe memory operations - lack of bounds checks (buffer overflows) and temporal memory safety violations (double free, use after free).

But the environment changed: for security reasons, each service is usually isolated in its own virtual machine, and the virtual machines are scheduled by the hypervisor onto the physical hardware. The requirements for operating systems changed, but most operating systems are only extended to support more complex environments.

In this talk I will present a radical approach to operating systems design: back to ring 0, starting from scratch. Programming language technology has progressed since UNIX was written in C, automated memory management is widely used, strong and static types are usable, and we learned how to build reusable libraries and package those.

MirageOS is a library operating system written mostly in OCaml, a functional and modular programming language. It targets hypervisors, thus does not contain hardware-specific drivers, but generic drivers (e.g. a VirtIO network driver). Each MirageOS application consists of only those OCaml libraries required - why should my name server have user management and a file system? The lines of code, and thus the attack vectors, are drastically reduced. We already implemented various common network protocols, such as HTTP, TCP/IP, TLS, DHCP.

I will explain the design and implementation of our TLS stack in more detail, which separates the effectful bits from the protocol logic very clearly, while preserving reasonable performance.


Hannes Mehnert

Hannes Mehnert is currently a PostDoc at the University of Cambridge. In his spare time, he is not only a hacker, coauthor of a book on indian cuisine and functional programming in JavaScript, but also a barista and likes to travel with and repair his recumbent bicycle.

He researches in several engineering areas: from programming languages (such as compiler optimisation visualisation and type systems) over full functional correctness proofs of object-oriented code, development environments for dependently typed languages, to re-engineering network protocols (TCP/IP) and security protocols (TLS, OTR). He feels safe in a garbage collected environment, and appreciates the expressive power of declarative purely functional code.


Keynote: Words and Power - are we making the most of online activism? Wednesday, Jul 6th, 2016, 12:11 (CEST)

For years, big names like Ed Snowden and Chelsea Manning have given up their lives in order to protect regular people like you and me from breaches of our privacy. But we are still struggling with getting people interested in internet privacy. Why is this, and what can we do? Using experience from communicating privacy issues on multiple levels for a couple of years, I have encountered some deep seated issues in the way we talk about what privacy means. Are we good enough at letting people know what's going on?

Emma Holten

Emma Holten is a feminist and human rights activist. She is co-founder and editor of the standard critical magazine Friktion and also a student at the University of Copenhagen. She speaks in both national and global contexts of feminism, digital activism and why privacy on the internet is crucial to a democracy, where everyone is equal.

Talk: Checking a Distributed Hash Table for Correctness Monday, Jul 4th, 2016, 21:31 (CEST)

Distributed Hash Tables are used as name-lookups in large decentralized distributed systems such as peer-to-peer networks and loosely connected machine clusters. Correctness is complicated by their distributed nature. This talk presents an implementation of one such DHT, written in Erlang, based on the Kademlia data structure. Its unique feature is that it comes equipped with a full QuickCheck specification, which semi-formally verifies its correct behaviour through random test generation.

The talk focuses on the test aspect of the system, and how one builds fairly large QuickCheck specifications for real-world systems, in particular by slicing a large specification into isolated parts and then reassembling those parts into a full model. It is intended to give people an overview of how to attack larger code bases with (semi-) formal methods.

Jesper Louis Andersen

Jesper Louis Andersen bridges the gap between theory and practice. He has a curiosity for programming language theory, math, and logic, but dabbles in many other fields of computer science as well. His main interest is to move state-of-the-art computer science research into real world use whenever possible. His dayjob involves functional programming for a danish startup.

Talk: Privacy, Data Protection, Security and Law: Practical Steps Forward (a Swedish Perspective) Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016, 12:20 (CEST)

A new data protection regulation, increasing pressure on legislatures to circumvent or side-step human rights and a faltering technical infrastructure that isn't up to the task of protecting the individual are some of the challenges for humanity at this ever crucial point in time. is a Swedish NGO which has been working since spring 2015 raising these issues in the Swedish executive. Through advocacy work, we raise important individual and consumer security concerns, but we have also developed a simple web-tool which allows web masters - or their visitors - to request simple, cheap and fast implementation of technical measures to improve data protection qualities of a website. We will present our work in spring 2016 developing the tool, the criteria with which we measure a data protecting web, and some of our additional advocacy work in the field of data protection in Sweden.


Amelia Andersdotter and Anders Jensen-Urstad have worked in the European Parliament for several years. Since 2014 they run, and since spring 2015 is a Swedish NGO. Anders brings technical expertise to the core of the organisation, while Amelia is the policy-ninja.

Talk: Code is Politics Monday, Jun 27th, 2016, 10:55 (CEST)

“Code is law” wrote Lawrence Lessig back in 1999. This has evolved and been demonstrated again and again since then. Code defines an ever increasing part of our personal and social lives. How businesses and friends interact with us, but also how authorities and intelligence services see us. It is already the case for many but soon the lives and rights as citizens of all of us will be defined by code. Code is political. Politics depend on code. If we want a world that is open and diverse we must code for it. How do we achieve better code, better politics and a better world together?

Karen Melchior

Karen Melchior is a Danish diplomat turned politician and digital activist. After six years in the diplomatic service she decided to get involved in politics when she returned to Copenhagen in 2012. The Danish cartoon crisis in 2006 and the “Arab spring” 2011 sparked her interest in digital diplomacy and the power of online networks. The fight for an open and free internet has been at the centre of her political work as she sees this as the only way to ensure freedom of speech and democracy around the world. The Snowden revelations underlined for her how our civil rights are being undermined even by our own governments. Part of Karen’s political work looks to improve our political culture in a time where “filter bubbles” and polarisation seem more common than real dialogue. Karen stood for election for the European Parliament in 2014 and for the Danish Folketing in 2015. She was not elected and still works for the Danish Foreign Service.

Talk: How to (not) Store Your Password Friday, Jun 24th, 2016, 09:44 (CEST)

There is much dispute on how to securely store passwords. Traditionally there are two schools: Online and Offline password management. Both have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to security as well as accessibility and portability. Both methods have one weakness in common though: they store your password. In this talk I will discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of traditional password managers and present a method that has the main strengths of both online and offline password managers, but allows you to generate secure passwords on-the-fly, never to store them again.

Ronni Elken Lindsgaard

Ronni Elken Lindsgaard is maintainer and primary developer of RndPhrase. He works as Software Engineer for a Danish security company and is active in various open source projects and local groups in Copenhagen related to personal security and privacy awareness.

Keynote: Infocalypse Now - and how to Survive It? Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016, 12:29 (CEST)

Digitalization is on everybodys mind - and so is control and registration of citizens. States and businesses all choose sadly unsecure data-silo-systems and piles up sensitive data without securing anything. Critical Infrastructure is privatized and sold off and secure, analog systems are being torn down in the name of progress. Its an evolving Infocalypse, where all info can be manipulated, stolen and used, our money system, personal data and administrations are doomed in a world of greedy blackhats, cyberwarfare-troops, autonomous drones, herfbombs, solarstorms and intelligence agencies on steroids The Beast is unleashed, can it be stopped, or is it anyone for him self?

Anders Kjærulff

Anders Kjærulff is a jounalist, poet, technology-critic and radiohost with a weekly, one hour radioshow on privacy and data protection. He is currently working on a dystopic book about the end of all privacy and the dim future, that lies ahead.


Workshop: Django Crash Course and hands-on Workshop Monday, Jun 20th, 2016, 11:56 (CEST)

Duration: 3 hours
Seats: 20
Need to know: Programming experience (preferably Python [0]),
Nice to know: HTTP knowledge [1], Git [2]

Django [3] is "the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines". The framework has existed for over 10 years and is thus full of highly refined design principles, yet it continues to innovate and streamline its practices. The developer scene of Django is continuing to grow, and people use for anything from prototyping to production sites with millions on users. Django is written in the Python programming language.

As open source developers and community people, we think Django is the most awesome framework for building web applications and you should learn it. Bring your laptop and we'll install and introduce Django and its concept. After that, we'll create a Django project together and dive into it head-first.

First half

During the first part of the workshop, we'll install Django and a virtual python environment.

Then we'll introduce Django's layers and components such as the request-response loop, how URLs are handled, static files etc.

Second half

Once we're done with the basics, we'll try to introduce some hands-on higher level work and let you hack on your own project.

If you don't have your own project, don't worry! We'll bring our favourite ecological food coop project Eggplant [4], which we regard as not just another open source project, but a best practice arena for the Danish Django community. We'll have beginner-friendly issues ready on Github, and if you do a PR, we'll make sure to review it in the strictest manner possible!


Benjamin Bach and Víðir Valberg Guðmundsson have both been developing Django for 8+ years, working professionally with Django websites on a daily basis and putting efforts into reusable open source django applications. Both are active in the Copenhagen Django Meetup Group, and invite you to join them on IRC at #djangocph @



Talk: Bluetooth Low Energy Friday, Jun 17th, 2016, 11:32 (CEST)

BLE provides versatile wireless communication at a very low power consumption, especially compared to classic Bluetooth and WiFi.

It has a wide range of uses where proximity detection is used for a lot of applications such as alerting when a keychain goes out of range or requesting alerts from lost objects. Among consumer products, Apple iBeacons is a notable application of the technology. However, it is also used for human input devices such as mice and keyboards as well as various forms of sensors, e.g. temperature, heart rate, etc.

BLE enables devices to run off coincell batteries for years while retaining connections or doing periodic broadcasting. This makes the technology appealing for the maker community for applications that are power-constrained, e.g. due to having a limited power-budget (say, running off a small PV-cell) or running off a battery.

This talk explains how the low power consumption is achieved, what the possible topologies are, and how this affects the types of applications you can build on top. Finally, a low-level demonstration of interfacing with a BLE controller is performed.

Michael Knudsen

Michael has been involved in various open source-related projects. His dayjob involves writing firmware for a BT/wifi controller for a semiconductor company.

Talk: Running Exit Nodes in the North Wednesday, Jun 15th, 2016, 09:34 (CEST)

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

People can donate their bandwidth to the Tor network and support human rights. Many people in Finland have done this.

Especially Tor network needs fast exit nodes which are final nodes before traffic reaches its destination. Because Tor traffic exits through these relays, the IP address of the exit relay is interpreted as the source of the traffic.

If a malicious user employs the Tor network to do something that might be objectionable or illegal, the exit relay may take the blame. People who run exit relays should be prepared to deal with complaints, copyright takedown notices, and the possibility that their servers may attract the attention of law enforcement agencies.

In Finland, Juha Nurmi has been establishing good relationships with ISPs and law enforcement agencies to keep Finnish exit nodes online.

Juha Nurmi

Juha Nurmi (age 28) is the founder and project leader of the Ahmia search engine project. He is a security researcher and has been involved in numerous projects funded by both the commercial and government spheres, including DARPA Memex project in the Silicon Valley. Juha is also a noted lecturer and public speaker. Juha's work on Ahmia has been in part sponsored by the Google Summer of Code.

Credit card payments enabled Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016, 10:06 (CEST)

A unexpected anonymous benefactor stepped forward and put up security we can accept credit card payments after all. We are very grateful for this since many of our guests prefer credit cards.

If at all possible we still encourage people to use bank transfers or blockchain payments though, since they are easier and considerably less expensive for us to handle on the backend.

But credit card payments are open and working now, so if you've been waiting for them, go buy your tickets!

On behalf of the BornHack team,


Talk: Simulated DDoS Attacks, Breaking the Firewall Infrastructure Monday, Jun 13th, 2016, 11:10 (CEST)

DDoS Attacks have become a daily annoyance for many, and we need to create robust infrastructure. This tutorial will go through a proposed method for testing your own infrastructure using off-the-shelf tools like packet generators hping3 and t50 on Kali Linux.

The goal for the tutorial is to explain:

The content will include:

There won’t be any exercises, but I recommend trying to install Kali Linux on a Virtual Machine to get familiar with this Linux distribution.

I will be doing demos showing how I run commands and monitor a DDoS simulation.

Henrik Lund Kramshøj

Henrik is an internet samurai working in internet and security around the world.

Professional security consultant with an understanding of business and economics with regards to securing enterprises.

I primarily work with internet infrastructure and security, creating a safe place to conduct internet business by providing security services, consulting and management for infrastructure services related to networking, RIPE requests, BGP routing and multi-homing, firewalls, switches, netflow, log servers, intrusion detection, VPN services, patch and configuration management.

Talk: Keyless Entry Exploration and Exploitation Friday, Jun 10th, 2016, 08:34 (CEST)

This presentation will provide a walkthrough of the audit process of an IP-enabled physical access control device.

Knud aims to cover some information about the methodology used during the process, but will mostly be discussing the (interesting or sad, depending on the view) results of said audit. The presentation builds on work done on and off over a few iterations of the product.

Knud Højgaard

Knud lives in Denmark where he works in the exciting field of information security. He enjoys security, from virtual to reality.

Talk: Incompleteness Phenomena in Mathematics: From Kurt Gödel to Harvey Friedman Thursday, Jun 9th, 2016, 11:12 (CEST)

In the first half of the 20th century the dreams of a complete and consistent formalization of mathematics was destroyed, when Kurt Gödel proved the existence of true but unprovable sentences in every reasonable formalization of mathematics.

However, the explicit sentence constructed in the proof was tailored to cause trouble and therefore was not of much interest to mathematicians in general. Since then various incompleteness phenomena have been discovered and many of these (relative) unprovable sentences are of genuine mathematical interest. In recent years Harvey Friedman have taken this enterprise to a new level by constructing sentences about "low level" mathematics and showed that these sentences are provably equivalent to the consistency of axiomatic systems far stronger than classical set theory (ZFC). In this talk I will try to introduce concepts of mathematical logic together with some highlights in the history of incompleteness phenomena and discuss the philosophical implications of these.

Note that these (early 20th century) developments also play an important role in developing the theoretical computer.

Lasse Andersen

My educational background is a masters degree in philosophy & mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics and road engineering. My personal interests cover philosophy of IT, philosophy of math, programming, machine learning, road engineering.

Also, I enjoy nature quite a bit. Presently, I work at the Danish Road Directorate with rolling resistance modelling and pavement management as the main focus. Besides doing a lot of programming at work (primarily Python) I also experiment with Erlang in my spare time trying to build peer2peer software.

No credit card payments after all Wednesday, Jun 8th, 2016, 18:09 (CEST)

Unfortunately we will not be able to accept credit card payments in the webshop as expected.

The traditional payment providers make accepting credit cards difficult for new events like ours. We tried different approaches but we have been unable to make it work.

We encourage everyone to use blockchain payment or bank transfers instead. We realize that this is an inconvenience for some, but we hope that this will not discourage you from attending. The ticket shop is open, go get your tickets! :)

On behalf of the BornHack organizers,


Payment options Thursday, Jun 2nd, 2016, 11:47 (CEST)

At the moment the shop has two payment options:

A bank transfer doesn't need much explanation except to say that they can be rather slow, especially if you are outside the SEPA region. You need to allow for up to a week before we register your transfer and mark your order as paid. Not the fastest, but widely supported.

You also have the option of using one of a bunch of different blockchain payments methods. Supported currencies include Bitcoin of course, but also Ether, Litecoin, Dogecoin and a bunch of other options. You can see the full list here. Apart from being cool, paying your ticket in cryptocurrency is also fast - you will be able to download your ticket in minutes, if not seconds.

Finally we will also be accepting credit cards from Visa, Mastercard and the Danish Dankort soon. We still need to check a couple of boxes before it can happen, but it should be available in days, not weeks.

On behalf of the BornHack team,


The ticket shop is now officially open Wednesday, Jun 1st, 2016, 22:55 (CEST)

TL;DR: Tickets are out, if you buy a cabin spot please remember to buy an ordinary ticket as well. Call for speakers will be out shortly. A call for sponsors will also be available shortly. Thank you.

We are very happy to officially open the BornHack shop for ticket sales. It is possible to buy a variety of tickets. Hopefully this post will make it easier for you to decide what ticket is right for you.

It is also possible to buy a ticket for a bus transportation sponsored by PROSA. This ticket will only be available for PROSA members for the first 14 days - after that it will be available for non-members as well for the same price. More information about the transport will be available at a later point in time.

T-shirts and other merchandise will be available for sale later.

Speaking at BornHack

A call for speakers will be announced soon. Please start preparing your titles, abstracts and biographies for us.

The model we are going to run with is that we hope that most of the speakers will participate in BornHack for the entire week and will buy their own ticket. If you cannot stay for the entire week we will provide you with a one day ticket to the event and you will have to pay for transportation to and from the island yourself. For keynotes we pay transport and tickets - we reach out to keynotes ourselves, but if you have a presentation that you believe would be keynote material you are very welcome to reach out to us yourself once the call for speakers is announced.

Sponsoring BornHack

A call for sponsors will be announced very soon.

On behalf of the BornHack team,

hlkv6 and ahf.